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battled12battled12 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited August 2012 in College Life
Hey guys! I will be a freshman in college in roughly two weeks. I've always been a pretty good student and have used flashcards to study, which have helped tremendously. I know that college is a bit different in terms of academics, and I'd like to know if making flashcards would be as useful for studying college material as they were in high school. Or would I just need to go over long pages of notes all the time? Have any of you current college students used flashcards to study and were successful? Also, do you have any other study tips to offer a rookie? Thanks!! :)
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  • spectasticspectastic - Posts: 847 Member
    tip: do everything early and proactively. and I mean everything: studying, homework, job/intern networking opportunities, clubs etc. If you don't jump on it, someone else will. That's what I'd tell myself 3 years ago.
  • invader71invader71 Registered User Posts: 1,648 Senior Member
    I actually never used flashcards in high school except for vocab tests but I have found them to be very useful in college. Flashcards have been really useful for me in college mostly because it helps me retain the massive amount of information required for each exam. I did not need them for most classes but it was especially helpful for bio. I recommend making the flashcards at least a week in advance from the test date and begin learning them all. For me personally in order to be successful I still needed to review my notes and read the chapters in the textbooks alongside the flashcards which were more of a supplement. I think the key to getting good grades in college is putting in the extra effort, that could be studying for longer hours or having multiple study techniques. Sometimes for finals I would make a small study guide which was helpful in focusing on the main points. It all really depends on the person though. I feel my best work is done when I trap myself in a cubicle for hours in the library but the same can not be said for everyone. Once you get to college you will figure out sooner or later what works best for you. I was actually surprised at first that I used the library so often and found flashcards to be helpful since I never really utilized or needed those things in high school but college is a new ball game.
  • Lily2015Lily2015 Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    I LOVE FLASHCARDS! That's why I clicked on your post haha. They're useful for everything - I even have an app on my iPhone with my flashcards so I can have them anywhere I go.

    Another thing I find helpful is when doing research for a paper, I write down the information and the source on a flash card and when I'm done with my research I arrange them into a paper, type them up, add connecting sentences, and there's my paper! It takes me no time at all. I guess it might be sort of childish, (because I remember doing that sometimes in middle school) but it really helps if you're stumped or can't figure out how to organize your thoughts.
  • fluteloopfluteloop Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    I used thousands of flash cards a year in high school. I went to college with about 2000 flash cards at the ready and used zero. I didn't find them useful anymore and just used long pages of notes.
    I think learning styles may change, but I would try to see if it works. You might have to change styles, maybe not!
  • battled12battled12 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Wow! I've never thought of using flashcards to construct a paper. I might have to steal you idea lol
  • CalDudCalDud Registered User Posts: 1,727 Senior Member
    I used flashcards for my french class. It helped somewhat, but I abandoned them later on because I generally have a good memory. I used to pull them out while waiting in line at the cafeteria. You know, just make use of your time like that 'cause it's more productive than standing there or texting.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,171 Senior Member
    What are you studying?

    College involves much less memorization than high school. A majority of the social science and humanities classes at my undergraduate college did not have exams at all; we just wrote papers. Math exams don't really lend themselves to flashcards either. Biology might. Lower-level foreign languages definitely do.
  • TheVetTheVet Registered User Posts: 348 Member
    if they work for you def use them. some classes are more practical to use them then others. I never used them, but tha does not mean it is not a good idea
  • nugraddadnugraddad Registered User Posts: 1,247 Senior Member
    My D used flashcards for Orgo. It is a "wipe-out class", and she passed, so I guess that worked out ok. She kept them in her backpack and took them everywhere. One time to a basketball game the kid bro was playing at, whcih is how I know about them.

    The kid bro is now an imcoming freshman, so he gets to use the Orgo hand-me-down flashcards.

    Good luck - Play hard - Study hard :)
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Registered User Posts: 4,329 Senior Member
    It's gonna depend on your classes. Some classes have a lot of route learning and memorization where flashcards will help. Other classes require a lot of thought instead of route learning and flashcards will be useless for them.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Registered User Posts: 2,890 Senior Member
    My friend is pre-pharm and she was talking Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Music, and psychology. She used flash cards for almost all of her classes and had pretty high grades.

    I used flash cards some but not a lot. If they work for you now, they'll probably work for you in college. One of the benefits is just writing out all the material.

    I disagree about flash cards being completely useless for classes that are more conceptual than memorization. You can still use flash cards for writing out processes, ideas, and definitions. I've never found a math class where flash cards were completely useless. You just have to put a different type of information on them and learn the way to answer them.
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