How to use Flashcards for design entrance exam preparation?

Right from our school days, we are taught to read those notes and re-read textbooks to make that content stick permanently in our head. But, researchers and cognitive scientists' propose the opposite. According to them, Re-reading the notes and textbook creates the illusion of knowledge. Flashcards are more efficient and make it easy to learn facts and data. Also, retention through flashcards lasts longer than reading and revising notes.

In this article, we will discuss how to integrate flashcards for our design exam preparation. But first, let's take a look at why flashcards are a more effective method to study.

Why flashcards are effective?

  1. It helps us engage in "active recall": Active recall is the method of remembering information by stimulating brain muscles while reading and learning. "Active recall" involves questioning oneself rather than passively reading the material again and again.

  2. Failure help us compare and improve: Flashcard helps us compare our learning with the exact answer to the question. This helps us to identify the gap in our learning.

  3. Boosts confidence: Flashcards eliminates the illusion of knowledge and builds repetition based confidence. This leads to a long term and deeper understanding of the concept.

The crux is, whenever possible, try to include flashcards in your studies to improve learning and result.

Now, let's understand how to include flashcards in our design entrance exam. Also, we will see how to create our flashcards.

How to include flashcards in Design Exam?

The questions asked in the design entrance exams are majorly picture based. Even the current affairs and general awareness part is asked in picture format. This means, visual recollection of facts is a prerequisite to clear any design exam. To learn facts about Indian art and culture, flashcards can be a game changer. In the following steps you can include flashcards as your preparation strategy.

  1. Read everything visually: Try to find pictures of everything. Dance, musical instruments, personality, paintings etc.

  2. Take a screenshot of important fact and save it in your laptop/mobile: Just watching it once won't suffice your brain. To stick it there it should be revisited. So first save it in your device.

  3. Categorize topics to keep them sorted: Make a different folder for dance types, paintings, architecture etc. This will make it easy to identify what you have and what you don't have in your notes.

  4. Revisit them: You can create a flashcard on PowerPoint or you can use online platforms to create one. Keep visiting these cards on regular basis to learn them.

  5. Flag the wrong answers: Give color tag to one you keep forgetting. This is to ensure that this section needs attention.

Within few months, you'll accumulate data that can be converted into a book. And, if you do it diligently, you will be able to recall each card you have created. This will help you increase your speed in the exam and help you save time for tricky questions specially in CEED and UCEED.

To help you in your preparation we have created a playlist of flashcards on YouTube. Use it to revise and get a hint to create one for yourself.

Here is the link to the flashcards:

Use this technique to be awesome in the next design exam. And, to be more awesome share this article with your friend.

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