No matter what your level of education, there will always be things you need to memorize. There’s no better way to do that than with your good old trusty flashcards. But just like so many things of the past, flashcards have been reinvented for today’s digital world. Brainscape for iPad allows users to study flash cards in a different way than other services offer. The apps are well designed, and really do help you memorize the material. From Chinese to Sports Trivia, this app will get the job done.
Brainscape’s apps aren’t always cheap, they can range anywhere from free to $19.99. However, if you don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of money for digital flashcards, you can create your own – more on that later.
With the price covered, it needs saying that nobody wants to spend a lot of time using an ugly app. No worries, the Brainscape apps are all well designed. They all start in a great desktop screen which shows your overall mastery of your cards, and allows you to access all your topics that contain your card decks. You can arrange your decks into subjects so you can stay organized within the app.
Studying in the apps is a great experience. After seeing the front of each card, you touch “tap here to see answer” and the answer to your question appears. You can rate how well you know the answer from 1, not at all, to 5, perfectly. This system works great because the lower you rate a card the more often you will see it when going through your deck. However, I have found in using the app that sometimes I will mistake familiarity from seeing the same card so much with actually knowing it. As long as you avoid making the same mistake, the increased frequency of cards really helps.
Creating your own cards on you iPad is no walk in the park, but by no means is this the fault of Brainscape, it is simply difficult to type for large quantities of time on your iPad, especially an iPad Mini, which is what I tested the apps on. Fear not, because Brainscape has a website that you can log into using your Brainscape account, it allows for much easier creation of flashcards.
Here are a few of the sets, (free sets marked with a *) always remember that you can create your own sets if you don’t want to pay:
• Survival French*
• Sports Trivia Workout*
• Drivers Ed*
• AP U.S. History
• French – Complete
• AP Chemistry
• Music Theory Crash Course
• Chinese – Complete
• AP Physics
• SAT Vocabulary
Overall, the Brainscape apps are a great way to learn new things. That being said, these apps aren’t for everyone. If you are into a progressive, new, and different way to study then jump right in and start learning. If not, there’s always the more straightforward Quizlet App (and website) that won’t steer you wrong; it just won’t offer quite as many features as Brainscape does. Who knows, maybe there’s still a few of us out there who would rather go old school and use 3×5’s with a permanent marker – no shame in that.
Here’s an App Store link for Brainscape; it’s a free app with In-App purchase options as mentioned above, and a universal app designed for iPad and iPhone.