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Flashcards - Pros and Cons

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Today I want to talk about Flashcards. I've always been a bit torn about using Flashcards when teaching. I suppose they can be thought of as "old-fashioned", however, I have to say, I have found them pretty effective in certain situations. I've put together a list of Pros and Cons about using Flashcards.

I would love to hear your thoughts about them! Do you use them? Do you hate them? Do you find them effective?

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  • They help children learn new facts quickly.

  • They are inexpensive to buy or make.

  • They are versatile and can be used for various subjects.

  • They are very portable and you can even make or buy digital versions! Have a look into Boom cards if this is something that interests you!

  • There are so many activities and games you can do with flash cards.



  • They can overburden the brain with too much information.

  • They can be uninteresting or boring.

  • They can take the context out of the learning.


Overall, Flashcards can be great for teaching basic recognition of numbers, sounds, facts etc, but for more in depth learning or learning in a certain context other teaching strategies may be better suited. I think it's all in how you use flashcards.

If you would like some fun activity ideas on how to use different types of flashcards check out my blog posts below!

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on using Flash Cards in the comments.

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