Flash Card Teaching Strategies

Help Students Become Eager & Effective Learners

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Flash card teaching strategies are popular with teachers because of their effectiveness. Parents also appreciate the flash card because it's an easy, at-home teaching method. There are several ways to use flashcards for teaching. This particular flashcard teaching strategy, the Constant Time Delay (CTD) technique, is widely used by educators. The CTD strategy can be used easily with flash cards at home to teach any subject.

All you need are flash cards with a question, problem or sight word on the front and an answer prompt on the back.

How to Study With Flash Cards

  1. Sit comfortably facing your child.
  2. Arrange the flash cards in the order you would like to present them, if you would like to.
  3. Hold up the first card so your child can clearly see the front. Keep the back of the flash card toward you so your child cannot see it.
  4. If necessary, read the front of the flash card to your child. For example, you may read a math problem or a question from the flash card front. Wait three full seconds. There's no need to use a timer. Count to three in your head. This will allow your child about three seconds to consider the question on the flash card and think about his answers. Remember, the key is keeping things fun. The best kind of learning occurs when your child is having too much fun to realize it.
  5. If your child gives a correct answer, place the correctly answered flash card in a pile on your left.
  1. If your child gives an incorrect response or no response, tell them the correct answer and place these flash cards in a pile on your right side.
  2. After you have finished showing your child all of the flash cards, you may continue your flash card teaching session by using the stack of incorrectly answered cards. Continue in the same manner, placing correctly answered flash cards on the left and incorrectly answered flash cards on the right.
  1. Once your child has mastered the full set of flash cards, practice them periodically to ensure your child remembers them.

Flash Card Tips:

After a long day of school, even the most motivated students may have difficulty paying attention during a flash card session. Have no fear. These motivators can help.

  • Keep the flash card session fun and game-like.
  • Take activity breaks from your flash card session as your child needs them.
  • Revive energy for study with a healthy snack.
  • Reward your child with their favorite physical activity.
  • Take advantage of free motivators, like hugs and cheers for a job well done.

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