Using flashcards to support your learning

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The idea that if you listen to a lecture and make notes by some mysterious process you will have learnt all that the lecturer has covered is a myth. Unfortunately the lecture is just the start. The best way to learn is by doing, this can be by being given tasks to do in practicals, by reading and creating your own notes, listening again to parts or the whole of a lecture via a screencast or using diagrams and illustrations that you annotate. Similarly creating your own learning materials can be useful as actually putting questions and answers together helps you to learn.

One of the many ways to support your learning especially for difficult topics like anatomy and physiology, learning about bones, medical terminology or indeed any subject where there are a lot of new words and terms to learn is making use of an old technique brought up to date with new technologies called “flashcards”.

There are plenty of flashcard sets other people have created. To start you off I have loaded some cards onto both of the above sites but don’t forget actually creating your own can be part of your learning.

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Names of bones

Bone terminology


Names of bones

On completion of this learning activity you will be able to:
  • Recognise the role of flashcards in supporting learning
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