If you want to start acing school exams, you’re probably going to want to start using flashcards. In addition to reading annotations, they offer one of the best proven methods for studying for an exam.
Just as there are some awesome flashcard apps for Android, the iTunes App Store has a healthy selection for iOS too. One of the best apps for the job is Flashcardlet, a completely free download.
It took several months to convince my son to try using flashcards to study for his 8th grade science and history exams, but when he finally did, he quickly realized how he finally had a study method for preparing for fact-based tests. I downloaded a few flashcard apps, and Flashcardlet (on its iTunes Store page titled as “Flashcard”) turned out to be the easiest to set up. My son was able to figure it out without very much instruction from me.
Flashcardlet enables users to create their own unique cards, download card sets from the Quizlet database, and import cards for Dropbox and or via email. The app is free, but supported by adverts and includes a $2.99 in-app purchase to remove them.
The Quizlet library can be a significant time saver for downloading ready-made cards for a wide range of academic subjects and job-related fields. If for example you’re studying for standardized high school tests, such as the SAT, PSAT, and even a GRE, there are hundreds of sets of cards to choose from.
Most study decks include a description and preview of their content, adding them to your Flashcardlet library requires a simple tap of the Add to Library button.
Likewise, creating custom cards is also easy. Tapping the plus “+” button in the top-right of the homepage, followed by Create My Own Cards to give your deck a name, and then add cards using the compose button in the lower right corner.
My son got a kick out of using the voice-to-text dictation feature on his iPad to turn the text notes for his science test into study cards. He dictated questions for the front side of a card, and the appropriate answer on the back, saving himself the trouble of re-writing notes.
I also helped him create decks using Flashcardlet on my iPhone, and it was a simple matter of emailing my decks to him so they could be added to his flashcard library – ideal for sharing study aids with friends or whole classrooms. Cards and decks can easily be edited without a problem, but unfortunately images can’t be added to cards.
What’s really great about Flashcardlet is the number of ways a deck of cards can be studied. A deck can be ordered alphabetically, randomly, or by the order in which the cards were added. Cards can be starred and tapped as mastered so you can filter them and focus on the questions you need to keep studying.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the font for Flashcardlet cards is perfect for reading, a good job considering that the font size and style cannot be changed in the application.
Other Notable Apps
Right out of the box, Flashcardlet is one of the easiest flashcard apps to set up and start using, but there are a few other apps that offer more features, but may be initially a little more complicated to use.
Flashcard [+] is a free limited download that includes the ability to add images to individual cards, which also includes an audio tool for reading the contents of cards aloud. There are built-in keyboards for rich text formatting, math and chemistry symbols, and various study modes turning decks into a matching, true/false, or spelling game.
This app also connects with the Quizlet library, but it doesn’t present card decks in categories as Flashcardlet does. To created unlimited decks and cards, Flashcard [+] requires a $4.99 upgrade. There’s also a store for purchasing decks of cards.
Flashcards+ is also a free download in which pre-made cards can be imported from Quizlet as well. Flashcard+ contains similar features as Flashcardlet and Flashcard [+], but it also includes “flashcloud” support as a paid upgrade which automatically syncs all your decks, and where you left off in studying them, across your iOS devices.
For additional paid upgrade, Flashcard+ also allows you to download audio text-to-speech language translation for about a dozen different languages, including Arabic, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish. The languages also include support for language dialect and gender.
Flashcard+ only supports filtering cards in decks by the original setup and by learned and unlearned.
There are a wide range of iOS flash card apps in the iTunes Store, including apps devoted to specific subjects or age levels. For general study purposes, the free Flashcardlet will probably suit most users – it has a rich set of features, holds back no functionality and is very easy to set up and get started with.
Let us know what flashcard app you use or recommend for iOS, in the comments below.
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