5 ways to use oral revision flashcards

April 14, 2016

Using flashcards to revise: 5 top tips

Prepare some flashcards to get better prepared for your oral exams

Flashcards can be an extremely useful tool when it comes to revision. If you are studying a language at GCSE or A-Level and have an oral exam to revise for, these tips will help you get on your way to better revision and higher grades.

Be creative

Even if you do not have a flair for art, when procrastinating we can all be coerced into a little doodling. Put this to good use and get creative when making your flashcards.

Whether you complete your cards with words, pictures or both – make them bright and memorable and they will stick in your mind.

Take your time

Rushing your revision, or cramming, is generally not a good idea. Check when your oral exam is and plan your time to make and practise your flashcards leading up to this date.

When using your cards, take your time on each one, absorb the words and repeat them to yourself. Rushing will, ironically, be a waste of time.


If possible, display your flashcards where you can see them. If you stick them on the wall or shelves make sure they are at eye-level. Make a conscious effort to read them at least once a day. If they remain in view, you are more likely to remember to use them.


Once you’ve made your flashcards, don't waste them. Spend as much time as possible practising the words and phrases, even if there's no one around to hear them. The more familiar you get with them, the better you will sound in your exam.

Test yourself

With flashcards, it’s easy to just read and re-read them over and over again; once you learn their order you think you have it down. Don’t fool yourself. Vary your cards as much as possible and get someone else to test you.

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