Q:

Some students in my daughter's high school are using digital flashcards. Are they likely to be helpful? -- Old-fashioned

A:

The old-fashioned flashcards are definitely not as smart as the digital ones. The new ones can expose students to reviews at planned intervals. They also repeat the cards based on the ones that students have the most difficulty with more frequently. For example, a foreign language digital flashcard would repeat the Mandarin words that are causing a student problems frequently while reviewing the easier words less often.

Many digital flashcard programs are free and also allow users to create their own quizzes in preparation for tests. High school students like the convenience of being able to use these cards whenever they have downtime. Some research shows students using these cards getting better grades.