Teachers love flashcards. Students do not. That disparity does not matter. Flashcards are a time honored method for teaching and for learning vocabulary, numbers, equations, a new language, or anything where a stack of facts to be drilled into a resistant brain is a requirement.
Mac, iPhone, and iPad users can rejoice– especially parents, teachers, although perhaps less so, students– digital flash cards are here. Wokabulary is the best macOS and iOS flashcard system I’ve used to date, and as a teacher I can recommend it to anyone who has a list of anything that needs to be memorized or learned.
Digital Flash Cards
Flashcards are about as straightforward as paper. Or, cards. Most of us have encountered flashcards somewhere in our lifetime, whether it was vocabulary drills or multiplication tables or anything else we needed to learn quickly. Using a stack of index cards to learn is common to the point of universal. Mac, iPhone, and iPad users will find Wokabulary to be a digital version of index cards, complete with quiz options and test statistics; an excellent way to quiz yourself or a student, measure progress along the way, and bounce from one device to another, thanks to iCloud or Dropbox syncing.
Wokabulary lets you set up a stack of cards for any language and vocabulary, then use the cards as a quiz and track the results over time, both numerically, and graphically.
For Mac users, Wokabulary allows you type the answers to the flashcard quizzes, which also helps you to learn faster (teachers know that students learn through their hands, too).
The app is free to use for one language in the basic version but has in-app purchase options available for additional features (including multiple languages, Dropbox syncing, popup quiz, graphic statistics, and more).
Difficulty levels can be assigned to each card. Difficult items are asked more frequently while older and easier items are asked less often during the quizzes. Plus, you get some visual feedback on learning progress.
Wokabulary gives you direct access to the wordlists at Quizlet.com, an online database for flashcard sets. This is well done and the free option makes it easy to try. I prefer to setup flashcards on my Mac (you can’t be screen real estate) and then use iPhone or iPad for studies and quizzes (a good way to improve my French when everything sounds like Greek to me).
Just remember that the free try-before-you-buy version is limited. Otherwise, Wokabulary is well recommended from a teacher who loves all things digital and recognizes the value in digital flashcards.