Using Flashcards

PRINCE2_Flashcards

Thank you for using our products. This guide will help you make the best out of our flashcards.

What does “flashcard” mean?

A flashcard is usually a two sided card, with a question in one side, and the answer on the other. There are a number of similar methods for reviewing flashcards, which help you better master the content. The general method is that you will answer the question, check the answer on the other side of the card, and evaluate your answer. The frequency of appearance of each card depends on how well you’ve answered them previously. The more problems you have with a specific question, the more it will show up in future to help you remember it.

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You should be careful to focus on understanding the content, rather than memorizing; so, if you’ve answered incorrectly, read the PRINCE2® manual and other resources such as our free ebook to understand why.

If you are interested in learning more about the flashcard concept, you can check this Wikipedia article.

How can I use Management Plaza flashcards?

We have published a number of flashcards for PRINCE2. Make sure to check the shop, because we have planned to provide more of these.

You can print the cards and use a physical deck to practice; however, there are lots of applications for your desktop computer, tablet, and mobile phone, which provide easier access. You can easily have all the flashcards in your mobile phone and review them whenever you have a free time in the way to work, in a waiting room, etc.

You will have our recommendation for the application right after this.

Which software should I use?

Our number one recommendation is a freeware called Anki. Anki is one of the best flashcard software available, and you can download it from one of the following links:

You can also create a free account at AnkiWeb and use the online service, regardless of your computer platform. However, you need to upload the flashcards from Anki software prior to using the online service; it’s not completely standalone yet. After you load the cards once, you will be able to study only in the online version.
Besides the ability of studying online, AnkiWeb can act as a synching tool for those of you who’re going to use the cards in different devices. All of your actions will be simply synchronized among devices if you link them with AnkiWeb.

How should I import the flashcards?

Based on your platform:

  • Anki for desktop computers: download the package(s) into your computer and just double click on them; the flashcards are simply imported then.
  • Anki for Andoid: there’s a folder name AnkiDroid in your internal storage. Copy flashcard package(s) in this directory, and then open the AnkiDroid software. Tap the settings button and choose Import Cards. Tab OK, and a new dialog box opens, showing the name of the package(s) you’ve copied in the folder. Tap on your desired package, and it will be imported.

How should I review the flashcards?

All flashcard applications follow a similar method: you see the question, answer it in your mind, click on the button for revealing the answer, evaluate yourself, click on the respective evaluation button.

The following animation shows the process in a desktop version of Anki:

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How can I remove limitations on the number of cards?

Most flashcard software follow the same method of assigning a predefined number of cards to each day, and expecting you to review them continuously. This method is usually used for decks that contain a lot of cards, and are supposed to be practices for a very long time. In our subject, you might prefer to make it more flexible. So, why don’t you remove the limitation on the number of new cards that are supposed to be practiced every day?

In order to do so, click on the icon at the right side of any deck, click on options, and enter a large enough value such as 1000 in the “New Cards/Day” field. From this time on, you will see the actual number of flashcards in the New field of each deck.

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Can I review a specific subject?

Some of our flashcards have tags, and you can study a subset of flashcards based on a filter on tags. The following explanation is based on Anki software; however, most flashcard applications have this feature too.

First, click on your desired deck to open it.

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Now, instead of clicking on Study Now button, click on Custom Study on the bottom of the window. A dialog box appears and you can choose “Limit to Particular Tags”. When you click on OK, another dialog box similar to the one shown below will appear.

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This dialog box lists all the tags that are found in the deck. If lists are empty, it means that your deck does not contain tags. We have only provided tags for the packages that are capable of being divided by some particular subject or area.

You can exclude some of the tags in the lower list, or limit the results by flashcards that include one or more particular tags. Suppose that we want to study flashcards that are about “directing a project”; we can check the “Require one or more of these tags” checkbox, and click on “directing a project”, followed by clicking on OK. Now a new virtual deck will be created, and you can start studying it.

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When you click on Decks button on the top of the window and return to the list of decks, you will see the new virtual deck, named “Custom Study Session” by default. You can rename or remove it whenever you want; the flashcards inside a virtual deck will not be removed from the original deck.