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Flash Cards ? What are those ?

Mandar Puranik
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Hi Java Gods out there,
In reply to the post by ramnathan, Dan, Jessica and Kathy talked about some flash cards and quiz cards for memorising some methods etc required in the cert. exam.
Can you all please explain what are those ?
How those help in exam study ?
I have now started loving this ranch. I started coming here about a month back.
And I am planning to schedule my exam by April last week.
Thanks a lot all of you.
[ January 28, 2003: Message edited by: Mandar Puranik ]

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Barry Gaunt
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Two sides?
First side: Question ?
Second side: Answer
Or first side: facts
Second side: examples
Or first side: facts
Second side: more facts
Stick 'em all in a box, take one out, you get the idea. Quiz show!
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Flash cards are common in teaching math to little kids. One side of the card will have a problem like 5+3 and the other side will have an 8. Mom or dad holds the card up showing the 5+3 side to their little darling. When their honey gives the answer "8" they flip the card around to show their sweetie pie that she got the answer right.

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Dan Chisholm
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Flash cards are made using blank index cards. A question is written on one side and the answer is on the other side. The process of making the cards is a great learning experience in itself. After the cards are made you can use them to quiz yourself on the material.
As you read through a textbook you can make notes of important points. Alternatively, you can make flash cards. Just write your notes in the form of a question on one side of the card and the answer on the other.

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Kathy Sierra
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Howdy! As a major flashcard advocate, I can tell you that a lot of the instructors used them at Sun all the time -- not just for exams but especially for coming up to speed on any new technology fast, especially where there were a ton of details. I keep every set I've ever made; I have about 280 for Jini and another 250 for EJB filled with all the picky little facts ranging from exact syntax to method signatures to fully-qualified class names to port numbers. They are a life-saver. And let's say that I do not teach a particular course for some time and I'm rusty -- I just pull out my flashcards again; much quicker than trying to read through my book and notes.
Basically, anything I want to memorize. So they have almost nothing to do with understanding something (well, indirectly they do) but they are excellent when you need to have the facts memorized without thinking about it.
We used them in our certification prep classes all the time, having the students make them for each other and then grill each other.
The two best things about flashcards are:
1) Making the flashcard is at least HALF the benefit. Once you have gone through the process of deciding what would make a good flashcard, and then putting down the right answer, you might not even NEED the flashcard much.
Making the flashcard engages a different part of your brain than reading or listening. It gets your brain to work more deeply than just writing notes, too.
2) You can take them EVERYWHERE. Wrap a rubber band around them and carry them with you.

Flashcard Types:
1) A simple question on one side and the answer on the other.
Q: What is the return type of Integer.valueOf() ?
A. (I'll leave that for you ; )
2) A class hierarchy diagram
|_ Error
|_ Exception
|_ IOException
|_ RuntimeException
|_ ...
These won't have a question and answer, they're just for you to study from.
3) A fact you want to remember that isn't necessarily in the form of a question (Alex)

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They're great!!
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(Certified Flashcard Technician)
Mandar Puranik
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Hi Kathy,
Thanks a lot for all those tips and guidelines about flash cards.
I think I am going to have many of them within no time.
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