Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flash! Ah-ah! Saviour of the universe!

I study using flash cards. I have a little program which lets me create and edit cards and orders them for me based on how long it has been since I last saw it and how well I thought I remembered the card the last time. I really like studying this way since my brain seems to respond better to interactivity rather than just reading and writing stuff out.

It does take a bit of time to get the knack of writing good cards. You need to ask very specific questions and the answer needs to be fairly brief. List of things are harder to remember than sequential processes. It helps to put key terms in bold because that seems to stimulate my visual memory. You know how you can often remember where on page something interesting was written, even if you can't remember the thing itself? With flash cards, scattered text in bold helps to make each card look a little bit different which I think helps me remember them.

However, I learned a valuable lesson today, which is this:

If you are studying with flash cards, you should review them as you make them, day by day. Do not spend a week making flash cards and then sit down to review several hundred of them all at once. It's really demoralizing.


Anonymous said...


Have you thought about a blog in flash cards? That would be cool - and if you wrote the odd phrase in bold, we might all learn something!

PTR said...

Hmmm, I don't really grasp the concept of a flash card blog. Do you mean a blog like the video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues?

But wouldn't it be totally incoherent? Ahh - I begin to grasp the nub of your gist. You're saying it would be an improvement over what I'm currently producing, right? Well let me tell you, narrative is dead. This is the 21st century, man!

Anonymous said...


Don't be so precious.

It would be a bit like a Bob Dylan clip - only with more font variety. You could do it in PowerPoint in use up every single crazy entrance and emphasis animation.

As for text - definitely poetic - imagine something like this:

You dirty rat

Flash! Ah-ah! Saviour of the universe!

Excuse me while I whip this out

Saved by seals

I'll be back?

Big eared tortoise

Anticipatory paranoia

Look right

Information underload


This is what I learned today


Group work

Always get your colonoscopy on film

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance

I don't get no respect

One year old today

Lo, I am returned

Cool link



Xenocrine glands?

A simple story involving a humorous misunderstandi...

Karma Chameleon

Strange Doctor

Genius, thy name is PTR!