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Flash Card Teaching Methods Help Students Learn


Updated June 25, 2014

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Flash card teaching strategies are popular with teachers because of their effectiveness. Parents also appreciate the flash card because it is an easy teaching strategy for home. There are several ways to use flashcards for teaching. This flashcard teaching strategy, the Constant Time Delay (CTD) technique, is widely used by special and regular education teachers. The CTD strategy can be used easily with flash cards at home to teach any subject.

Flash Card Materials Needed:
Flash cards with the question, problem, or sight word on the front side and the answer prompt on the back.


  1. Sit comfortably facing your child.
  2. Arrange the flash cards in the order you would like to present them.
  3. Starting with the first flash card, hold it up so your child can clearly see the front. Keep the back of the flash card toward you so your child cannot see it.
  4. If appropriate, read the flash card front to your child. For example, you may read a math problem or a question from the flash card front. Wait three full seconds.

    You do not need a timer to use flash cards. You can count three seconds silently by saying, “one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three” at a normal speaking pace. This will allow your child about three seconds to consider the question on the flash card and think about his answers.

  5. If your child gives a correct answer, place the correctly answered flash card in a pile on your left.
  6. If your child gives an incorrect response or no response, tell him the correct answer, and place these flash cards in a pile on your right side.
  7. After you have finished showing your child all of the flash cards, you may continue your flash card teaching session by using the stack of incorrectly answered cards. Continue in the same manner, placing correctly answered flash cards on the left and incorrectly answered flash cards on the right.
  8. Once your child has mastered the full set of flash cards, practice them periodically to ensure your child remembers them.
Flash Card Tips:
At the end of a long day of school, even the most motivated students may have difficulty paying attention in a flash card session. Try these motivators to help:
  • Keep the flash card session game-like and fun.
  • Take activity breaks from your flash card session as your child needs them.
  • Revive energy for study with a healthy snack.
  • Reward your child with a favorite physical activity.
  • Some of the best motivators are free like hugs and cheers for a job well done.
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