Preparation for GRE is one big task. It is a task because a lot of planning goes into it; you have to register for the exam, get acquainted with the syllabus and pattern, find a suitable test review and then finally toil to learn and practice for the exam. For the preparation of the test there are a number of methods and tools which one needs to employ, you'll come across a number of quick learning tactics which you were never aware of! One such highly effective tool for learning is GRE flash card. A flash card is simply a card which is used for learning better. Most typically flash cards are used to teach simple words to Montessori children. They are used for rapid learning, quick recall and drills. Since you have to study a lot of arithmetic and vocabulary for the test, this method is highly effective for learning and recollection. Conventionally a flash card has a question written on one side and the answer on the other. A flash card specially designed to prepare for the test is called a flash card.

For the preparation of the test you need to chiefly concentrate on vocabulary and mathematics. Preparation for the test is ideally in two stages. In the first you are learning the concepts and in the second you are revising them. For the first stage you need to overview all the information in detail and at this stage the study is elaborate and deep. Whereas while revising, you need to just take a glance of all the concepts and at this stage the study is relatively superficial. Depending on your requirement and style of studying you can select when and how to use a flash card. It is best to prepare the flash cards while you are in the first stage of your preparation and employ them to a limited extent for learning side by side. During the second stage of your preparation you can make extensive use of flash cards for revising and recollecting.

You can not use flash cards for preparing for the analytical writing section. You can only use them for the verbal section and the quantitative section. For the verbal section you need to know a variety of words, their multiple meanings, their opposites and some short sentences to know how they are used. For the quantitative section you need to know a large number of formulae, quick calculation tips, short cut methods, geometrical concepts and theorems, interpretation of graphs and charts etc. For all of the above, flash cards can be effectively used and surprisingly so.

The best thing you can do is to prepare these cards on your own. For this you need to get hold of a good material which does not wear with use. You can write the questions on one side and the solution on the reverse. The flash cards which you prepare will be best suited to your individual targets; you can be creative and use them to suit yourself. When you are concentrating on vocabulary, write the word on one side with its synonyms, antonyms, sentences etc on the opposite. You can even use some pictures for depicting different words. For learning formulae you can write the incomplete formula or the formula in a question form on one side and the answer on the other. The flash cards can also be used for data interpretation. You can have a graph with questions on one side and the solution on the reverse. Similarly you can prepare separate flash cards to practice the questions which help you learn the short cut methods. For geometry you can have the theorem name on one side and the statement on the other. These are just a few suggestions and your creative side can help you make optimum use of flash cards to assist learning. 

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