Organizing Notecards

College Life with EG: Part 15

Happy Monday and the beginning of a great week to all of my wonderful followers! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready to get pumped up for the week ahead of us! I have a few tests this week, so I am mentally preparing myself right now:) Wish me luck!

Last week, one of my followers asked if I could make a post on how to organize notecards. And, of course, that’s a yes! I love if you would all comment post ideas because I am always looking for new topics for the blog (plus I want to write about what you guys are interested in)! I am so happy because that topic fits in perfectly with this week and with the College Life with EG miniseries. It also fits great with my life because I have a ton of tests coming up and notecards are a great tool in studying! First off, I want to show you a few ways you can use them.

How to Use the Notecards

1. Definitions

This is my favorite way to remember specific vocabulary words. You can write the word on one side and the definition of the other. When you study, you can either look at the words and try to recall the definition or look at the definitions a d recall the words. If you have different colors, you can use one color for each chapter/list of words. If you want to save paper, you can split the paper in half and write two words per notecard.

2. Sections

This is great if you want a lot fo information on each card, and you just want to look at notes a bit more broken down. Hou can write sections of notes like you would in a notebook, but instead on the cards. For example, in chapter ten, one notecard could be section 10.1, the net section 10.2, etc. If you write a lot, you could even break it down into pages, where each notecard is somewhere from 1-5 pages. This way may get a little bit jumbled, so make sure to get out your colored pens and highlighters to keep everything organized.

3. Facts

If you have a bunch of random facts that you need to memorize, you can write them all out on a notecard. Then, you can just flip through notecards one by one when you want to study. If you have a little trick to remember each fact, you can write that on the other side of the notecards. The only problem with this way is that there is no way for you to quiz yourself. Instead you just have to look and read each notecard. For some people, that woks. For others, they have to be able to quiz themselves by flipping the card over like in the definition way.

4. Pictures and diagrams

I have found that you can really get information in your head better if you use some sort of picture to make it simpler. For example, if you are trying to memorize all the parts of the nervous system, you could make a tree diagram to break it down. Once you memorize the diagram, and how to break it down, you can start to memorize more difficult facts, such as what everything in the nervous system does. Here is an example form the internet

Organizatin of the Nervous System

You memorize where everything goes on the diagram, and how it breaks down, then you memorize each individual part. Another example would be if you are trying to study anatomy. If you are looking at the aparts of the arm, you can draw the arm and label each part. The first side of the notecard would just say “arm” and the other side would have the picture. If you wanted to quiz yourself, you can look at only the sides of the notecard with the body parts. ON a separate sheet of paper, you can try to draw the body part, them compare it with the picture on the other side of the notecard.

5. Partial sentences

This is a great way to memorize facts while still being able to quiz yourself. You separate the sentence or fact into two parts, and one part goes on each side. For example, if you are trying to memorize the fact, “glass tables are see-through”, one side would say “glass tables are” and the other side would say “see-through.” You can quiz yourself by going through the notecards starting with the first part of each fact, then the second part of each fact.

6. Studying another language

My Spanish teachers in high school always encouraged me to use notecards. You can do this in a few ways. The first is with the English definition on one side and the Spanish word on the other side. So, the first side fo the notecard would say “nice” and the other side oddly say “amable.”

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