flippers book

These study cards seem to be a simple, way to memorise facts, figures, formulae, to help with revision for exams.

The company that produces them, Pink Porcupine,  says:

Flippers consist of 60 small blank cards on a metal ring. Pupils write down the word, sum or question on one side and the answer on the other. When all the cards for the lesson have been filled in they look at the questions and try to answer them. Then they just flip over the card and find out if they were right.

Repeated use of the cards helps them quickly memorise the information. Once learned to fluency, if wished, those cards can be removed to allow pupils to concentrate on facts they are still “fuzzy” about.

Teachers have identified 36 subject areas where they have proved extremely effective.

In primary schools, these include numbers, number bonding, multiplication tables, sound and word recognition, common words, spelling, spelling reinforcement and individual or class revision.

In secondary schools uses include English and foreign vocabulary, chemistry formulae, music studies, art history, homework and personal revision.

Pupils achieve best results when Flippers study cards are fully integrated into lesson formats and used regularly in class – either daily for a time slot of a few minutes or three or four times a week.

A different Flippers booklet should be used for each individual subject.

 They could be very useful for recording timetables too and providing scaffolding for learners with organisational difficulties.
Until such time as we finally move away from the ridiculous system of examining how much information  is retained in someone’s head at the hottest time of the year, we must support our students as best we can. I know it is too late for this year’s round of exams but I shall bear these in mind for the future.