Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Some flashcard history

When I was in college I used a lot of paper flashcards. This was good for learning things that I had to memorize. The only problem was that they took a long time to make. With computers I think I have solved a lot of that problem and I continue to make progress in making the cards easier and easier to make. That said, there is something to be said for creating the flashcards themselves. If you've ever read a book on learning, the first part of learning something is to write it down. The second part is repetition. Creating the cards, even if you create them electronically, is the same as writing them down. The next step is in repetition. The nice thing about Memorize-It is that you can target the repetition towards the cards you have the most trouble with.

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