Do you have trouble committing things to memory? Can’t recall where you left your glasses? (They’re on your head.) Do you wish you knew what you did with the remote control? (For some reason, it’s also on your head.)
Poring over large blocks of text isn’t always the easiest way to cement facts, dates and definitions in that spongy thought center of yours. Often, repetitive and rapid-fire practice is the way to go. Case in point: just think about how difficult it would be to forget someone who was firing rapidly at you.
Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces the launch of Flashcards. This tool is available site wide, meaning you can use it to test your English vocabulary, your algebra skills or your mastery of the Harry Potter lexicon. You can’t expect to get very far in life if you can’t tell your Hippogriff from your Blast-Ended Skrewt.
- Text to speech. You will have the opportunity to hear the text on many flashcards spoken out loud. For now, it is just a computerized voice. Shmoop has been trying to get Morgan Freeman, but he isn’t returning their calls.
- Printable flashcards. If you work better with actual, physical flashcards you can hold in your hands, no worries – just print ‘em out and start flashing. Eventually, you are going to have to accept that computers are taking over the world, though.
- Quizzes and true/false questions. These aren’t all just one-word vocab cards. You may be asked which character uttered a particular quote, what a complicated equation simplifies to or who did what in a given Norse myth. Don’t worry – you’ll be given a hint in Norse code.
- Explanations. Shmoop’s flashcards don’t just give you the answers, they also explain why or how they arrived at such an answer. And very rarely will they say, “because we said so.”
- Links. The flashcards will sometimes also provide links to other sources that can elaborate on the matter at hand. http://www.yourewelcome.com.
- Tips to remember. You will find sample sentences and handy mnemonics to help you wrap your head around a word or concept. What a great way to acquire mnew mnowledge.
So if the SAT is fast approaching, or if you just want to make sure you remember this stuff in 20 years, take a gander at Shmoop’s new Flashcards and see if your brain can keep up. For an added challenge, see if it can keep up sans Red Bull.