[quote=“yamato”]I’m a big fan of flash cards but, as I posted before, the 4 box set on sale everywhere are expensive and disapointing (to me anyway) so why not just make your own cards?
I’ve been doing this reccently and it’s quite fun. Not only do you get a set of cards but you can also design them how you like and include stuff that is important for you.
I used the far east 3000 word dictionary (about 600NTD) and bought boxes of small cards (25NTD each for 100) I bought 5 colours and put a character on a card depending on the tone, like red for first tone blue for second and so on.
Making your own cards seems good to me because you actually have to write the character out which is studying and when you have finished you have a lovely set of flash cards. :discodance:[/quote]I very much agree that making your own flashcards (whether real or virtual) is an enormous help. Partly because the process of making or inputting them aids memory, but more so because then you can tailor them to your own specific needs. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an either/or thing. You can do very well by supplementing a good set of ready-made flashcards with ones of your own which are designed to reinforce the main set.
You might wonder how you “reinforce” a flashcard of a single character with a flashcard of another character. Well, the answer is that you don’t. You should really consider learning words, rather than characters. You can have one card with a single word, and a couple of others with phrases featuring that word. If you’re got a decent spaced repetition system going*, you’ll review the cards at different times and they’ll help cement the word in your memory, as well as reinforcing other words. And when you learn a new word which has characters in common with one of the words you’ve learned already, it deepens your knowledge of those characters.
*Leitner is a start. The “Supermemo without a computer” method looks better, if you’ve got the patience. But really, I feel that virtual flashcards on a program such as Mnemosyne, Anki, FullRecall or, if you really have to, Supermemo, are the best way to go in the long term, for a number of reasons.