Looking for a way to make flashcards quickly and easily? This blog shows how to use Breakdown Notes to make and use flash cards. There are many options available for making flashcards. Check out the table below if Breakdown Notes might be something for you!
A flashcard is a card with a front and backside, with a question on one side and the answer on the other. Flash cards are a simple and effective way to test yourself: read the question, think of an answer and flip the flashcard to check your answer.
Here's an example of one in Breakdown Notes.
For studying mostly. This can be straightforward facts, like countries and capitals for geography. Or list of foreign words for your spanish or french clash. But it also works for physics, like what are the four fundamental forces (interactions) in nature?
Do mind however, that flashcards are of little use with building understanding of what is on it. It is most usefull for factual knowledge, and not so much for creating an understanding of what something means.
Most of all, they will help you with memorizing. That is, if you actually practice and repeat.
You also learn by making them: thinking of a question will help you because thinking of the right questions is also skill. And since you should also understand what you write down, making flashcards will also help you spot what you do not fully understand yet.
Breakdown Notes has some great features to help you make and use flashcards. Keep reading to learn how simple it is to make them, how you might be able to make many flashcards with relative ease, and how you can use and share the flashcards.
Add a shape to the map. Type in a question and an answer. Select the answer (or question). Click to 'flip side'. in the contextmenu. You can access the contextmenu by right clicking a shape. The answer is then moved to the flip side of the flashcard. To flip a card, click the triangle on the right of the shape.
Next add some style to it, like your choice of color and font. Check out the options in the context menu. There is more information to be found here
There is great benefit to making your flashcards by actually typing in the questions and answers yourself. The more you do with your study material, the more you learn from them, and that includes writing/typing stuff down.
However, from time to time, it's not the most usefull way to spend your time. On these occasions, some features of Breakdown Notes may help out: If you can find a document containing questions and answers already, like a web page or text file, chances are you can use this to make a lot of flascards at once with Breakdown Notes. Here's how:
After you successfully pasted the data, you need to process it of course.
To do this quickly you will need to use grouping of elements. When elements are grouped, actions like resizing, or styling are applied to all shapes in the group. Press control shift, and then drag a rectangle over the shapes you want grouped.
To go from a group of shapes to an actual paragraph, right click the map and select "n-th paragrah". This will select a paragraphs, so you can easily style these, or move all to the flipside of there respective elements. This sounds way more difficult then it is. Look the video to see how it works.
There is a distraction free mode, called study mode. In study mode, when you click a shape, it will immediately flip for a second (and then flip back). Also , when you click the map, a new flipcard will appear in view. And lastly, the somewhat distracting gui-elements (the green things to resize/ rotate ) will not show up anymore.
Click "options" in the left menu to and click 'study mode' to enter 'study mode'. Press the button again to exit. In study mode, You can also shuffle all the cards on a map.
In the 'one-by-one' Breakdown notes will zoom in to a random flashcard so you can read just this one. There are buttons to flip the card, on to go to the next card.
When starting one by one mode, you have the options to type in your ansers (check the checkbox labeled "check"). Breakdown Notes will compare your answer with what is on the flip side of the flash card. By having to type your answer, you will learn a lot quicker.
Big part of the learning process is the making of the flashcards. So better to make them yourself then to profit of your friends hard work. But do compare your cards, see what your friends made and check out what you forgot
To share a map (any breakdown map, wether with flashcards or not), there are the following options
To share a github gist, find the id, and format a url like so: www.breakdown-notes.com/gist/load/<id>, and fill in the id of your map id in place of <id>.
Thats it! Hope you see the ease of use and benefits of using Breakdown Notes for flashcards. You can check out an example of a map with flashcards here, go to a new map and try it out yourself (press the logo in the top menu) , or read other blog-post/ tutorials listed below.