In order to get the things you want out of life, you will probably have to succeed on some sort of examination. Unfortunately, many students bore themselves to tears with enormous study guides and textbooks. If only these students knew about the benefits of using flashcards, they would spare themselves hours of frustration.
Flashcards have been acknowledged by educational researchers as the fastest and easiest way to learn and remember new information.
Furthermore, flashcards condense and simplify information so that you only learn the important facts and ideas. Too often, books and study guides go off on wild tangents that may be interesting but do not help you perform on an examination. Flashcards do not have this problem; here, the content has been stripped down to its essence and placed into a format that is easy to read and understand.
Another problem with books and study guides is that they take too long to deliver the necessary information. If you read a fifty-page chapter on a difficult topic, it is likely that you will not remember information from the first few pages as well as you should. Research shows that in order to be effectively consolidated into long-term memory, new short-term memories need to be reviewed fairly soon after they are learned. Will you have time to go back and read all fifty pages again?
This is where flashcards come in: all of the most important information can be condensed into a set of flashcards that can be reviewed rapidly a number of times. Flashcards speed the passage of information from short- to long-term memory, and given you more time to enjoy the fruits of your labors.