One of the more painful but effective ways to learn is with flash cards. Whether it’s a new language, mathematical formulas, vocabulary, or anything else that requires dumping data into the brain, flash cards are a time honored method for learning.
Back in the day 3×5-inch index cards were the way to create homemade flash cards. The only other accessory needed was a marking pen and plenty of patience to create the flash cards with questions on one side and answers on the other.
In the digital age we have apps like Mental Case. The name is a bit crazy but the objective and method are the same. Learn fast. In this case, though, Mental Case has digital flash cards which can include text, video, images, and audio clips.
Take that, box of index cards!
Create an entire library of flash cards and manage the whole shebang of flash card stack from the iTunes-like sidebar.
Notes can contain whatever digital media you need. Stacks of flash cards can be organized and nested.
The control bar along the bottom of Mental Case is easily mastered, and slideshows are just a couple of clicks.
The app syncs over Wi-Fi to the Mental Case app on iPhone or iPad, and syncs with another Mac using iCloud. Unfortunately, the iOS version doesn’t have all the same features as the Mac version.
Another tedious aspect of flash card creation is minimized by Mental Case. Use the Flashcard Exchange to find pre-built stacks that might give you what you need without reinventing the wheel.
Mental Case is a very good way to learn a new language, study for exams, work on medical studies, or study for GRE, SAT, GMAT, GCE, and any one of the many exams we face in life.