Friday, 21 June 2013

Study Flashcards to Improve Foreign Language Learning

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to improve your own language or you are learning a new one, a good way to enrich your vocabulary is to use flash cards. This method is actually really popular among students and so far it has been successful. People all over the world admit that thanks to flash cards it has been easier for them to learn new words or even languages. If you also want to study flashcards to improve your language skills then follow the instructions given below.
First find new words that you have problems learning. Mark them all because you will need them later.
Next purchase card sheets or blank business cards, or basically any paper that can be easily cut. Then it is time for you to create your business card template in a program. The best thing you can do is to put the words on the side of the card and later write down the definition on the other side. Of course you can switch the positions so that they can fit your needs. A recent study showed that people learning with the help of flash cards are doing better. For online flashcards, could be another option for you.
The next thing you have to do is to start using your cards. It might not be a bad idea to create 3 different categories – review, pending and active. You should begin with small number of cards and place them in the active group. The rest of the cards should also be saved.  
Now it is time to choose one card from the active pile you have created earlier. Read the word out loud (the one that can be found on the active side of the card) and try to remember the definition. Then flip the card and see if you are right.
Great method that can also be used is to try using the word in a sentence. In that way you can make the whole process of remembering easier. Say the sentence out loud and then you will see that you have remembered the word.
After going through all the cards you should shuffle them and repeat the operation once again.  
Turn the deck and read the definitions of the words. Check if you are able to remember them or not.
As in everything else – practice makes perfect. This is why you have to repeat the words lots of times until you don’t memorize them. Review the cards repeatedly and for as long as it takes.
It might not be a bad idea to try different word games.
Whenever you memorize a word and you don’t feel like you will have to learn it again, make a small checkbox on the card. In that way you will know that you have learnt this word and can skip the flash card.
Take a look through the pile periodically in order not to forget the words.
So with these useful instructions you can study flashcards more effectively to make you skilled in any foreign language you are interested in.

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Gautham A S

Gautham A S is a personal tech columnist and blogging expert at TechGau.Org, one of the leading Tech, How-To and Blogging Tips blogs in the world..