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studying mathIt has been proven over and over that young children learn languages, formulas and other information much quicker in a fun and interactive way rather than slogging through heaps of textbooks.

Flash cards have been used for years by teachers, psychiatrists and parents for years to help children learn and to enjoy themselves.

If you want to make flash cards for your kids then the three sites below will be of great use to you. They’re simple to use and have some great flash cards for tons of different purposes.

ESL Flash cards

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This site to make flash cards is aimed more towards the classroom environment. As you can see from the screenshot, Eric (the guy who runs the site) aims to help teachers teach their students the basics such as verbs, the alphabet, body parts and animals.

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When you click on the flash card collection you want, you’ll have three options. Large, medium or small. Large is one per page, medium is two and small is several depending on the size of the cards. When you choose your option, it will open the flashcards in a PDF viewer. I suggest Acrobat Reader for this task as it handles images very well. It is available for download here. (or check out Guy’s post 4 Very Light Alternatives to Adobe Reader 4 Very Light Alternatives to Adobe Reader Read More on alternative readers or Simon’s post 3 Websites To View Your PDFs Online 3 Websites To View Your PDFs Online Read More ).

Then simply print out the screenshots as you would with any other document. Using glossy photo paper or laminating the flash cards is a good idea as they will undoubtedly see lots of usage in a classroom or at home.

Flash card Exchange

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Here we have a site that is a web-based flash card study aid. Basically, when you first visit the site there will be tons of different tags and options that you can choose such as ‘Maths’, ‘French’, ‘Medicine’ and so on. When you click on your chosen subject you will be given a list of flash card sets. Select one. By clicking on the flashcard that asks the question you will expose the answer. By clicking on the answer you move onto the next flashcard.

Along the top of the flashcard window there is an option to print the flashcards which you can use to print and make flash cards. This site offers less formatting than the pervious one for printing but is suitable for flash cards that you need made up quick and easy.

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Other features this site offers are the ability to download the flash cards to use offline and a timer to time how long you have been studying. All are available along the top of the flash card window before you begin to view the flash cards.


Without a doubt, this is the best site for those who want to create their own flash cards or use those created by others. When you first go to the site, register for an account. It’s free and it only takes a few seconds. Then, when back on the homepage click “˜Create Flashcards ‘.

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This will bring you to the creation screen. Enter in the title, tags and other information as seen in the screenshot. Then, down the screen, enter in the question for your first flash card. Then, to the right of the question enter in the answer. You can also upload images instead of typing in the question and answer.

Down the end of the page, click the “˜Create Flash cards‘ button. This will bring you to the page where your flash card series is available. You can print, edit or view your flash cards. If you choose to print them the question will be on one side of the page with the answer on the other by default.

This site will also provide you with a profile page where all your flashcards, review and comments are available.

A piece of advice:

If you’re making flash cards for very young children its best to use simple cartoons. Flash cards for teenagers and adults work best when there are good quality photos that they can see clearly and remember.

Which sites do you use to make flash cards?

  1. Yoan
    December 19, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Hey, nice post. :) Thanks for the interesting info.

    November 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Don't forget to try The flexible format for creating pages is very good for certain types of content. Check out or for a page with a diagram.

    No signup is required to create or memorize.

  3. Tomasz Korzeniowski
    September 26, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I would also suggest to try: flash cards + adaptive learning algorithms = omnimemo. It builds model of your learning curve and computes optimum intervals between repetitions.

  4. A4 flyer printing
    August 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    This is really helpful information... Thanks. Just recently I had a customer come to me looking to design and produce a set of flashcards and I had no idea where to start in terms of offering her advice.

  5. Aibek
    August 30, 2009 at 2:59 am

    There is also:

    - FlashCardDB
    - Cramberry
    - FlashCardFlash - flash cards search engine
    - Cobocards
    - Flash Card Machine

  6. Francis O'Reilly
    August 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    The main problem I have with most flashcard sharing sites is trustworthiness in the content. A lot of the time I am left wondering is the content submitted by its users accurate? I suppose most of the time it is, but I always have to double-check just to make sure I'm not committing nonsense to memory.

    Another problem is how the users organise their flashcards. It's often very specific to their own individual needs, and you might have to setup your own flashcards anyway.

    And that leads me to the third major problem which is duplication of content.

    To me, the best solution is a mix of trusted content provided and verified by the website provider but with tools where you can then go off and modify the given stuff to suit your own needs.

    • Ali
      August 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

      @Francis: It is difficult to review all content for a provider of a flash card trainer. Just imagine, we have thousands of cards created by university students in more than 100 topics. To check the content I need 100 experts (professors) who could check the content. If I pay the salary of 100 people, i can stop offering Cobocards.

      The second point is possible with Cobocards (to copy the cards of others and edit them).


  7. mike
    August 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    You forgot the best flash card website:

  8. annette taylor
    August 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Great post cards of any form are great to send.

    Take Care

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