The Use of Flashcards in an Introduction to Psychology Class

Jonathan M. Golding, Nesa E. Wasarhaley, Bradford Fletcher

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Four hundred fifteen undergraduate students in an Introduction to Psychology course voluntarily reported their use of flashcards on three exams as well as answered other questions dealing with flashcard use (e.g., when did a student first use flashcards). Almost 70% of the class used flashcards to study for one or more exams. Students who used flashcards for all three exams had significantly higher exam scores overall than those students who did not use flashcards at all or only used flashcards on one or two exams. These results are discussed in terms of retrieval practice, a specific component of using flashcards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • flashcards
  • introductory psychology
  • study aids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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