After reading Forever Fluent, by Gabriel Wyner, as a result of my own desire to become fluent in Spanish, I found the technique of SRS or spaced repetition system to be a particularly useful study technique for memorizing any information not limited to vocabulary or to a new language. It can be used to study history or science facts, English vocabulary words, or words in a new foreign language.
SRS is a presentation method that gives you the information before you would forget it and makes sure that it stays constantly fresh in your mind. Anki,which can be downloaded from Ankisrs.net, allows students to create their own flashcards or download already created flashcards from a wide variety of topics: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/
After students create their own flashcards or download cards, they practice the cards and rate each card as “again”, “good” or “easy.” Then, based on the student’s rating, the SRS system keeps showing the difficult words and pushes the easier words into the future. It will only show them from time to time to help the student retain the fact or vocab word.
Anki can be downloaded to ipads and iphones as well as your laptop. The convenience factor allows students to study when they have a few spare minutes while waiting for their mom to pick them up or while waiting to meet a friend. In addition, if you are practicing a foreign language Anki allows you to record your own voice and play it. It also allows you to create your own flashcards with images. Research has shown that connecting a picture or image with a word has been extremely to help students remember vocabulary so they can connect the word with context and make it relevant to their own lives. I was excited to find this technique and definitely plan to use it to improve my Spanish. I hope you will share it with your children and teens!