Making Flashcards to Learn Composers by Sight

DIRECTIONS: 1. Due to printing considerations we had to divide the "Composer by Sight" flashcards into ten parts. That means you have to download ten sets of four flashcards at a time. Not a big deal. Just remember once, once again to look at the "Print Preview" of Internet Explorer to get the right % for your printer to render each page correctly....don't just print. Remember you should see FOUR flash cards on a page. If not, adjust the %. This is critical; 2. After printing out the flashcards cut them on the horizontal lines and fold on vertical. Boom, flashcards!!!. Use some tape to keep them from unfolding; 3. Learn them like this way: Look at one, then say the name; look at the next, say the name; then look at the first again and see if you remember it, if not, look, then look at second one and say name; then go to third, say name, then look at former two and say names; i.e., keep adding one and then go back. Note: the Leitner Method of studying flashcards is described after is essentially the method we already described...but shows you how to make piles.


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Leitner Method: A widely used method to efficiently use flashcards was proposed by the German science popularizer Sebastian Leitner in the 1970s. In his method, known as the Leitner system, flashcards are sorted into groups according to how well you know each one. This is how it works: you try to recall the solution written on a flashcard. If you succeed, you send the card to the next group. But if you fail, you send it back to the first group. Each succeeding group has a longer period of time before you are required to revisit the cards.

For example, suppose you have 3 groups called Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. The cards in Group 1 are the ones that you often make mistakes with, and Group 3 contains the cards that you know very well. You might choose to study the Group 1 cards once a day, Group 2 every 3 days, and the Group 3 cards every 5 days. If you look at a Group 1 card and get the correct answer, you "promote" it to Group 2. A correct answer with a Group 2 card "promotes" that card to Group 3. If you make a mistake with a Group 2 or Group 3 card, it gets "demoted" to Group 1, which forces you to study that card more often.

The advantage of this method is that you can focus on the most difficult flashcards, which remain in the first few groups. The result is, ideally, a reduction in the amount of study time needed.

Similar ideas have been implemented into the Pimsleur language courses and, since the 1980s, into a number of computer-assisted language learning titles. Much of this software makes use of so-called electronic flashcards.