Teacher Review for Brainscape - Smart Flashcards

Free flashcard app for high school students!

Marla Kay D.
Classroom teacher
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Brainscape is a digital flashcard app that breaks subjects down into small chunks of information. and then organizes these "chunks" for optimal learning. Students can share their learning with others by sharing a free link. "Confidence-based repetition" is used, in which the student rates his/her own confidence in the answer. The metacognitive addition ( thinking about my own thinking) is what makes this app a bit different than regular "flashcard" apps. In my opinion, this is the best part of this tool. Although Brainscape is promoted for 5th grade and up, I think it is better suited for high school and college students. Many free subjects are included with the original app download, and most of those are upper level subjects such as Advanced Placement classes and MCAT Chemistry.
My Take
Brainscape can be valuable for students studying vocabulary-based subject areas in secondary and beyond settings. The drawback is that many of the content areas require in-app purchases. Other than that, I think this app can be very useful.