Online Study Tools: Flashcard Exchange Reviewed
If you're looking for a simple online study aid, you may be interested in using Flashcard Exchange. Though it isn't the best online study program I reviewed, it does have some unique features. Read my review for more details.
What Is It?
Flashcard Exchange's offerings are pretty basic. As a free member, you can create your own flashcards or access the existing card database. You are quizzed on these cards while in study mode. Other than the study mode, which displays the flashcards, you can use the offline study option, but there are no other study aid features. After you work though a set of cards, you are given some statistics that will allow you to track your progress.
Though you can use some of Flashcard Exchange's features without signing up, you won't be able to save card sets or track progress without getting a username. There are free memberships available, but you also have the option to purchase a lifetime membership for $19.95. Paid membership gives you a greater range of options for creating flashcards.
Why Is It Cool?
One feature for paid members is mp3 audio flashcards, which could be quite useful in memorizing the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar vocabulary. Paid membership also features a cram mode to help procrastinators prepare for tests in a short amount of time. An interesting free feature is an option to make three-sided flashcards, which may help you cover a wider range of material. Additionally, the site's flashcard database is large, with more than 35 million individual flashcards.
What Are Its Drawbacks?
While designed cleanly, Flashcard Exchange's interface is less polished than some other flashcard programs. The program is less user-friendly overall, and it could use some aesthetic tune-ups. The basic interface may be appealing to some users, but I didn't really enjoy using it.
Users don't have a lot of control over how cards are created and presented, and the study mode is very bare bones, with no added features to augment the rote memorization provided by flashcards. Again, this may be all some users are looking for, but I think the free games and other tools offered by other programs make them more useful. This program also lacks the interactivity of other flashcard programs like Quizlet. And while Flashcard Exchange does have an app for the iPhone, it doesn't appear to be available for other smartphone platforms.
Where Can I Find It?
You can visit Flashcard Exchange by following this link.