Make a Pocket Flashcard Caddy

by Brad Isaac on September 15, 2008

Flashcards are in my opinion, the very best way to memorize the most information quickly.  Traditional index cards with your own handwriting my_sons_flashcard_caddyare easy, cheap and efficient.  You can carry them in a pocket or purse for learning just about anywhere. 

However, there are a few downsides.

You can lose a card or two.  You can drop them and have to play 52 pick-up.  Or you might find that keeping them in a particular order is nearly impossible when they are carried loose in your pocket.  In those cases, I recommend making your own Pocket Flashcard Caddy.

All you need is

  • Index cards
  • 1 Book Ring
  • a 1-hole punch

You can use standard 3×5″ index cards, but I like to cut 8×5 index cards into quarters.  There are several reasons for this. 

  1. It saves paper. 
  2. The mass of cards are smaller to carry in your pocket. 
  3. By cutting the 8×5 ruled cards into quarters, the lines are horizontal so when you write your answers, they appear at the same angle as the questions.

Make your flashcards using the no-fail flashcard technique so you can ensure maximum learning.  Then go back and punch a hole in the upper right hand corner of each card.  Finally clamp them all together with your book ring. 

Now, you can keep them in your pocket for learning know matter where you go.

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September 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Look up the word ‘mnemonics’. If you want to remember anything, associate it with (unusual) pictures and place them in a building you know well.. Rhymes help as well.

September 16, 2008 at 8:45 am

I just put a rubber band around mine. Looks like they could get twisted around the key ring.

September 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

What kinds of things have you been learning with flash cards in recent years? I know we usually like to think of flash cards as a tool for children, but I’d be interested in hearing how other adults are using them.

Randy Zeitman September 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm

>> I’d be interested in hearing how other adults are using them.

Daily schedules…important things to remember, phone numbers, lists, steps.

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