Flash Card and how to use them

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Leitner System and its quick effect

  • Flash cards are in two languages (Russian – English).
  • There are over 30 topics from everyday life. (Weather, Family, House, Food, etc)
  • You can print them out in double-sided version.
  • You can order any topic you want to study right now.
  • You’re not only learning new words,  but also get used to case endings as every card has examples of sentences with the word given in 6 cases.
  • The price of one thematical set of cards is just a cup of coffee ($3).

The Leitner system is a widely used method of efficiently using flashcards that was proposed by the German science journalist Sebastian Leitner in the 1970s. It is a simple implementation of the principle of spaced repetition, where cards are reviewed at increasing intervals.

In this method flashcards are sorted into groups according to how well the learner knows each one in the Leitner’s learning box. The learners try to recall the solution written on a flashcard. If they succeed, they send the card to the next group. If they fail, they send it back to the first group.

Suppose there are 3 boxes of cards called “Box-1”, “Box-2” and “Box-3”. The cards in Box-1 are the ones that you often make mistakes with, and Box-3 contains the cards that you know very well. You might choose to study the Box- 1 cards once a day, Box -2 every 3 days, and the Box -3 cards every 5 days. If you look at a card in Box-1 and get the correct answer, you “promote” it to Box-2. A correct answer with a card in Box-2 “promotes” that card to Box-3. If you make a mistake with a card in Box-2 or Box-3, it gets “demoted” to the first box, which forces you to study that card more often. The advantage of this method is that you can focus on the most difficult flashcards, which remain in the first few groups.

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