Episode 27: Flash Cards for College Students (Not Just for Kids)

December 7, 2015
The start of Week #14. OMG. How you doin’?
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STORYTIME: My first experiences with index cards
Key Info for this Podcast:
I’m going to talk to you about a study skill today as we prep for finals in the next few weeks.
Flash cards. Most know what they are, and have tried using them at least once. Many consider it sort of an elementary study skill, deigned for children with little use for advanced learning. I’m here today to tell you that this is wrong, and hope you join me today as I discuss:
  • Why flash cards are some of the most effective study tools around
  • The type of material that works best for flash cards
  • How to make them
  • How to use them
  • A simple system (read that as series of habits) for keeping up with studying that removes the need to cram, and won’t add much time to your workflow. It employs one of my favorite permaculture techniques, function-stacking. We discussed this a few weeks ago in Episode 15.
Learning New Language Making Original Flash Cards; Spanish

Learning New Language Making Original Flash Cards; Spanish

Home Exercises:
The suggested home exercises for each week this semester:
  1. Set a big goal that ties into your passion.
  2. Write it down, then figure out the first few steps and write them down too.
  3. Figure out dependable time capture and task management tools.
  4. Look back at the first steps, think about what they might have in common, they should lead you to developing a simple ritual (waking up earlier, studying at same time every day, drinking more water).
  5. Think about the people around you, or the places where you have the opportunity to meet people. Think about one person you can approach to have a conversation. Again, you’re not asking them to be your mentor. You just want them at this point to know who you are.
  6. Work a weekly review into your workflow; get into the ritual of methodically checking up on your To-Do list and calendar at least once a week.
  7. Write down the things that are bogging you down.  Which quadrant of the Urgency/Importance matrix do you see them in? How we can we devote more of our time and resources to Quadrant 2?
  8. This week, take a step back, and look at where you’re at a little more globally. Are you on the right path? How has your perception of your situation changed?
  9. Be proactive! Do something to get you closer to your goals that you’ve been thinking about but having trouble executing.
  10. Clarify your To-Do list. Are all of the steps actionable? Are you waiting on anything from anyone? Start a Someday/Maybe list to get those things off your mind.
  11. Ponder the idea that happiness is a choice. Think about ways you reduce the negative feelings and promote the positive ones. Think about who you spend time with. Take one small step, try and make one tiny change that’s doable that might begin to lead you in this direction.
  12. Express gratitude to someone else in written form. A handwritten note would be best, but email is allowed for this exercise.
  13. Do an 80/20 analysis on your remaining school commitments. What is that most important 20% that is going to lead to 80% of the output? Dedicate time in the next week to those activities.
  14. Consider making some flash cards to use as a study tool.  If you’re already past the point of this being a viable strategy, then don’t worry about it, and instead consider using my flash card note-taking system next semester.
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