Old fashioned flashcards with a technical twist

Flashcards can be a very helpful tool, especially in classes where you need to memorize. Vocabulary, dates, number, formulas. It’s all easier to remember with flashcards. Here are some alternatives to regular paper flashcards.

Web Apps

Flashcard Exchange is the world’s largest library of printable flashcards, according to their slogan. A free membership will allow you to create unlimited flashcards and share them if you choose. Without an account, you can study with the millions of flashcards available the public. A one-time membership of $19.95 allows you to use images in your flashcards, print them out and use the Leitner card files as well as export cards to Word or Excel. The free membership is fully functional and unless you want to print, is a great way to study.

Flashcard Machine is a great way to create, study and share flashcards online. With free registration, you have the ability to create unlimited flashcards and share them with others (even non-registered users). You can separate flashcards into multiple subjects and groups and include images and audio. The website isn’t as polished as Flashcard Exchange, but it does offer a few more options and is free.


iFlash is a Mac shareware program designed to help you study with virtual flashcards. There is a free trial and for $14.95, you can purchase the program. It allows you to print, edit and share your flashcards easily. You can create multiple card faces (word, definition, example, etc.) and export flashcards to your ipod.

Genius is another memorization software for Mac that I’ve already posted about here. It organizes info using the “Leitner “learning cardfile” system, and it quizzes you using a spaced repetition method.” It’s also free and my favorite way to study.

Memory Lifter is a free Windows flashcard software. It’s a pretty basic flashcard software and since it’s PC only, I haven’t been able to test it, but the features seem nice from the website