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Flashcards are a great way to improve your memory and study at the same time, and they are very easy to make and add to later if you need to. Flashcards are basically a set of small cards (you can use address index cards or buy special flashcard making sets) which have one word or idea on one side, with a more in-depth explanation on the other. This could be things like a word on one side, with the definition on the other, or a date on one side, with a historical events which took place on that date on the other.
Flashcards are so useful because they encourage the brain the see the clue, which is quite a basic and easy to remember piece of information, and link that to a more complex piece of information. This link means that seeing the clue should prompt the brain to remember the rest of the information quite easily, as seeing the clue causes your brain to actively recall the answer on the other side of the card.
Using flashcards is more useful than just reading over all the information you need to remember, as it means you can break it down into more manageable chunks, which should be easier to recall. It also gives you a chance to see which pieces of information you have come to grips with, as there may be an answer you keep forgetting, and focus your study on the parts you are having trouble with.