GoodNotes lets you create and study flash cards using Spaced Repetition. Put simply, by employing the technique to space out your learning, you can retain more information with less time. And to that end, all you need to do is do a bit of setup and let GoodNotes handle the rest.
Flash Cards requires v5.6.0. If you don't see this feature in the More menu, simply visit GoodNotes App Store page directly and choose Update.
Flash Card Quick Start
- Create a new notebook that uses one of the built-in Flash Card templates, which isn't yet available for all paper sizes. You'll need to choose GoodNotes Standard or A7 (iPhone) from the first dropdown list (Paper Size), choose Portrait from the second dropdown list (Orientation) and scroll the Essentials category all the way to the right to see the Flash Card template (the very last one in this category).
- On a new page, write the question in the top half of the page, and the answer in the bottom half. These halves respectively correspond to the Front & Back sides of a physical flash card.
- Repeat the previous step for any other question-answer pair to form a flash card deck.
- Open the More menu (...) in the top-right corner > Study Flash Cards.
- For each flash card, you will see the question (Front side) first. Tap the screen to show the corresponding answer (Back side).
Once the answer is shown, indicate the difficulty of the question based on how easily you were able to recall the answer:
- Again: I did not remember the answer. I need to try again soon.
- Hard: I remembered the answer, but only with great difficulty. Note: the app will only show the option “Hard” for the second time you study the card. The idea of the spaced repetition method is that you repeat (“Again”) a card often enough until it eventually becomes “Good”.
- Good: I remembered the answer, but had to think a little.
- Easy: I remembered the answer easily.
The next time you activate Flash Card mode, GoodNotes will determine the best order in which each card is shown again in order to aid your recall. Continue to indicate the difficulties of the questions as in step 6 to help GoodNotes perfect the review order for you.
Resetting learning progress
From the Flash Cards screen, tap the icon in the top-right corner > Reset learning progress, and confirm.
Flash Cards mode only works when there is at least one flash card (that is, a page in a Flash Card template) in the current notebook.
Pages that aren't flash cards aren't shown during Flash Cards mode.
Enable Flash Cards functionality for any paper template
You can enable flash cards functionality for any paper in GoodNotes in these steps:
1. Go to Documents view.
2. Tap GoodNotes Menus button.
3. Tap "Notebook Templates".
4. Tap "Edit" at the paper you would like to enable flash cards functionality and tap "..." button.
5. Enable "Flash Card Template" option.
The half upper of the page is reserved for "Question" section and the half lower of the page is for "Answer".