Why Online Flashcards Are the Future of Studying

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Few phenomena have changed digital media this decade as much as cards have. As Robert Fan wrote earlier this year, the advent of the mobile “card” is slowly transforming nearly every consumer web & mobile industry on the planet.  There’s simply something so darn consumable about the combination of text, images, video, audio, meta tags, likes, shares, and comments into a single unit of meaning. We’ll explain why online flashcards are the future of studying.

We’ve recently seen card-based products like Tinder (dating), SlideShare (corporate white papers), Twitter (microblogging), Instagram (photos), Pinterest (pinboards), and Google Now (real-time personalized information) enrich millions of lives while creating billions of dollars of investor wealth.  But one market that is only just beginning to be transformed by cards is Education.  Brainscape predicts that online flashcards will be among the most important disruptors of Education for the next millennium.

Online flashcards, like those in Brainscape, are now able to accomplish so much more than the dreaded paper flashcard has ever offered to us.  Rather than being “drill & kill” devices that simply allow us to memorize trivial facts, today’s digital flashcards can support any type of media, of any length, of any level of interactivity, on any web or mobile device, in conjunction with any type of broader educational setting.  Online flashcards can also be made adaptive, so that they are automatically repeated in intervals that are customized for the learner’s own pace of personalized learning, thereby accelerating memory retention.  For the next millennium, the word “flashcard” does not have to mean “trivial fact”, but rather, it can mean “the smallest unit of knowledge that can be efficiently studied, shared, or tied across various curricula.”

Brainscape is proud to have entered this new industry of mobile study tools.  We realize that so much of the permanent solidification of knowledge happens during the study process, and we are committed to creating the most effective flashcard-based study experience for both students and teachers alike.  Brainscape is quickly emerging as the web & mobile study tool used by serious learners.


In contrast to websites like Quizlet, which have successfully created vocab-based flashcards and games to make learning more fun, Brainscape has applied decades of cognitive science research to improve learning outcomes for large learning objectives over the course of a lot of time.  Brainscape’s multimedia flashcards use a smart, adaptive algorithm to optimize students’ pace of learning, while providing teachers and administrators with detailed reports on students’ study progress.  The future of education is data-driven after all.

So keep using Brainscape if you’re interested in helping advance your studies (or your students’ studies) through innovative technology.  Our FREE marketplace contains well-organized flashcard curricula for over 1 million subjects, created by the world’s best publishers, professors, teachers, and top students.  We’re always happy to talk to students and progressive educators to explore hugely discounted bulk licenses for your school(s).  Feel free to drop us a line at info@brainscape.com!


Brainscape is a web & mobile education platform that helps you learn anything faster, using cognitive science. Join the millions of students, teachers, language learners, test-takers, and corporate trainees who are doubling their learning results. Visit brainscape.com or find us on the App Store .

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