I have worked as an English teacher for years. I have probably flipped thousands of flashcards for my students. Why? Flashcards are one of the best and simplest learning techniques. And the flipping part always looks like a game for students of any age.
That also helps because game-like things work even for tired learners. And I heard from teachers of other subjects that flashcards work not just for English. Lucky modern learners can start swiping flashcards instead of flipping them!
We give you 10+ best flashcard apps.
The only good news about this one. Cram is available for both iPhone and Android. It has really beautiful graphics. Luckily that does not make it heavy on your phone memory. This app allows you to connect to the website, which is a huge resource. It is one of the best features of this app as it allows you to search through the huge library of flashcards submitted by other users. If your specific cards are not available, no worries – you can make your stack of cards.
Fast sign up. To use the app, sign up for a new account. It is even easier via your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ accounts. Once you get in, the user interface is easy to navigate. You have the option to search the flashcard library, create new flashcards, view recently studied cards, and sort through your favorite cards.
Simple flashcard creation. Tap on the add button, then set the title, subject, and description of the set. You can choose to make the set of cards private or public. After creating the set, you work on the individual cards. Cram requires a minimum of three cards per set. Each card has a front, hint and rear side with the option to add photos and descriptions. This is great because many flashcard apps do not have a photo option.
Using the cards is just as easy. There are three modes: memorize and cram. Regular Flashcard mode is flipping flashcards. In Memorize mode, the user goes through each flashcard one time until they run out.
In the end, the app provides a performance report. In cram mode, the user goes through each flashcard until they get every single one correct. Once all cards are correctly answered, the user is permitted to move to the next level.
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Quizlet is another fantastic app made for both Android and iPhone. It is intuitive and has a very clean user interface. As with Cram, the Quizlet app connects to the website which essentially provides the same options as the phone app version.
Functional design. One of the first noticeable things is the balance between functionality and design. Simple graphics combined with natural usability. Some flashcard apps can be complicated with graphics that are too crowded and difficult to understand. Quizlet’s design turns to study into a game. Just the way I like it.
Simple flashcard creation. When the student opens the app, they see a list of previous flashcard sets they created. Each set can be categorized by subject, e.g. math, English, or Physics. To add a new flashcard set, tap on the button at the lower-left corner. From there, the user enters the “Term”, or the hint. Next, the user enters the “Definition”, or the answer.
The only disadvantage of this app is that it’s difficult to delete the set after the user is finished using it. It appears that the only way to delete a flashcard set is to log into the website app and delete using the tools given for the flashcard set.
Three Modes of Studying. Quizlet offers three modes of study. These three options keep the students interested. The first is Flashcards. In this mode, the user goes through the flashcards one by one at his own pace.
Quizlet provides an awesome option that allows users to hear the flashcard being read to them via an audio button on the top left corner of each flashcard. In this mode, students can also flip the cards so that the answers show. This is a great way to reinforce information after it is learned.
The second mode is Learn. In this mode, the answer is shown and the user types in the answer. If the user gets the answer correct, the app moves on. If not, the app requires the user to type in the correct answer before moving on. This extra step shows the care put into the app.
The third mode is the Match. This model is modeled after the classic match game. In this mode, all the flashcards are laid out and the user taps the pairs of hint and answer cards that belong together.
This mode makes studying fun even more and takes it to another level by using a timer. The user is motivated to improve time, thus further helping the student learn.
Of the first 3 apps, StudyBlue Flashcards & Quizzes offers the most options when it comes to studying modes. The user interface is easy to use and functional, although less intuitive than the other two. Additionally, this app requires mobile internet, which will eat at your data plan a little. You sacrifice a little usability for several functions. That trade-off isn’t too bad.
Website sharing. Like the other two apps, StudyBlue also has a web version. It contains a whole host of communal flashcards which is fantastic for students. Other users’ flashcards are yours to learn. Of course, you can create your custom flashcards as well.
Custom Flashcards with Options. StudyBlue allows students to input hints and answers using text, photographs or recorded audio. This opens up the possibilities and helps students ingrain concepts and ideas into their memories via multiple senses.
Besides, StudyBlue also allows for rich-text editing, letting users add bold, italics, underline, diverse text color, and add subscripts and superscripts.
Multiple Option Study Modes. One of the best features of StudyBlue is a customizable experience. There are three study modes: Flip Cards, Take Quiz, and Review Sheet.
Within each of these, users can choose the number of cards, their order (hard to easy, random, in order), submission type (multiple-choice, type the answer, true/false), among many others. This allows learners to study from different angles to make sure they understand.
Chegg Flashcards is ancient by modern standards. It was launched in 2012, but it was updated alright. What’s interesting you can use flashcards from Quizlet already reviewed here.
With this one I allow myself to skip pleasantries and give you the list of features:
Full Feature List:
- Easily create flashcards to help you study for any subject
- Access pre-made flashcard sets: using Quizlet, find and view expert-created flashcard sets for any subject: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Science, History, Accounting, English and more.
- Track your results: Swipe up across a card you get correct and swipe down across a card that you get wrong to keep track of your score.
- See your score: Select “Try Wrong” to review the terms and concepts you got wrong the first time around.
- Skip a card: Shake your device to put a card in the back of the stack.
- Track your speed: Time display is available on the results page.
- Add photos: Attach photos to any card. Perfect for visual learners and concepts with diagrams and images.
- Easy navigation: Use a single finger and hand to navigate through cards, leaving your other hand free to flip through your book and other study materials.
Top Flash Card Categories: Business, Computer Science, Social Science, Engineering, History, English, Science, and Math.
You can call Chegg a social education platform. It works even for college students.
AnkiDroid is probably the most customizable of the apps on this list. There are settings for the font size and color, background color, screen rotation, full-screen mode, whether or not to show scrollbars, how often to repeat certain cards, and more — pretty much any of the options you could ever possibly need.
There are even fancy graphs that show you stats about your studying.
The downside of all this customizability is a kind of complicated UI. I think it would take a lot of getting used to to get the full benefit of this app. AnkiDroid delays cards you answer easily while making you repeat more frequently the cards that you struggle with.
There are all kinds of settings for how exactly it does that, leaving the user the flexibility to adjust it to his needs. For late-night cramming before that test, for instance, you need to create a “custom study session” to study everything, cluttering up the app further and only complicating what should be a simple process.
One more thing worth underlining here: it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Which way do you think is the most effective for learning languages, especially, when it comes to the vocabulary part? Of course, flashcards! It would be weird if a flashcard app for learning foreign languages wouldn’t be included on this list.
The main feature of this app is the fact that you can compile your flashcards yourself. Don’t you think it is inconvenient each time you are getting a new flashcard learning language app with an already made set of the words to learn, but it goes completely astray with your program and intentions? With an app like this, you won’t face this problem anymore.
Even 10 minutes of working with this app every day will be enough. Moreover, the memorizing process will be enhanced by the fact that you don’t just use ready cards, but make them yourself – the process of creation, which is also very important.
You can learn English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and 102 more languages. Quickly make your dictionary with transcriptions, samples, and associative images and easily learn new vocabulary with 5 different games. Good luck!
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