Study aids: Online flash cards

By Greta Kuriger Suiter

Creating flash cards online may be a great way to study for the comprehensive exam. There are a number of websites that allow students to create flash cards but Melissa Derecola and a few other art history students have started using StudyBlue. The free site requires a log in and if you say you are studying art history at GMU, one can easily find the 601 class. Here is an example of my workspace minutes after signing up:


I’m looking forward to creating a set of cards and trying out the mobile app so I can start studying on my phone. I’m also thinking about creating flashcards for the language exam. The site offers an upgrade for $2.50 a month for a year commitment or $5 per month. There are some advertisements that are minimally distracting, and some of the text options aren’t available on the free version. It seems easy enough to use, and I know for me making the cards is as much a part of learning the material as studying the cards. I have already accumulated a number of index cards that are all over my apartment, I think using a service like StudyBlue could help in organization of materials at the very least.

I learned about StudyBlue from Melissa. Here is what she had to say about it:

I have been using StudyBlue because it was the easiest system for free online flashcards that I found. It also has an app so you can have your cards with you on your phone / ipad. I had been working on some slides for myself in relation to 601, I thought that other people would be able to help edit them but that does not appear to be a function, but they are public and other people can save them or use them to create their own sets. Also, one of the big bonuses is that you can enter the term you want to make a card for and it will search through all the public cards in the system and show you them so you can copy the images from there instead of having to track down the images on the web.

1 comment
  1. Greta Suiter said:

    More ways to study for language exams! Roshna recommends: “look at foreign language museum websites — example Louvre (for French); Prado (for Spanish); Uffizi (for Italian) etc. I looked at the Musee Guimet website for material on Indian art written in French, and worked to translate pages once a month or so for a few months; it helped me a great deal in preparation for my exam.”

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