How to Create Information Cards

Whether you are working on a big research project or simply trying to study for a final exam, making a set of information cards may help you retain important information and get a better grade. The most important parts of creating an information card set is to keep the cards together so that you can flip through them easily--and to have extra on hand as you make your way through notes and texts. You may find that you need to fill out extra cards with critical information

Select a pack of index cards. If your handwriting is large, you may want to upgrade to a larger size of index cards, but the standard 3 X 5 cards should do. Something also to keep in mind: Index cards come in a variety of styles. Color-coded cards may help you organize topics better. Cards with lines will help you to put critical information in bulleted-lists.

Organize your information and write it on the cards. It does not really matter where you start in your studying. What matters is that you organize your information by topic. For example, if you decide to start studying a chapter on World War II, then you might label one card "Pearl Harbor," another causes leading to "World War II" and the third "Major Players." Then, use the back of the cards (the side with the lines) to list necessary information. You may find that you need extra cards or need to narrow your card topics. Either way, you will be thinking through the material as you do this and hopefully, retaining it.

Stack your cards in a pile and place them in an index card box. This will keep the cards in one place. Every time you are ready to study, you can grab the box and flip through the cards. Your study workspace will remain organized--and your cards won't be scattered across your room.


The information card set also can make a fun game for children. Fill out the cards with questions and multiple choice answers on one side and the answer on the other.

About the Author

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.