Tinycards -- Learn with Fun, Free Flashcards

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Immersive, playful flash cards help kids memorize concepts.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn subject-specific vocabulary by memorizing terms about anything from geography to Spanish using varied techniques: flash cards, multiple choice, and fill in the blank. This app is an excellent study resource for anyone looking to memorize subject-specific vocabulary in a fun, game-like way.

Ease of Play

Simple to use the cards and search for or make subject-specific decks. Brief but clear on-screen written instructions guide users in what to do and the options available.

Violence

There are no filters on the user-generated flash cards, so content on those is dependent on users.

Sex

There are no filters on the user-generated flash cards, so content on those is dependent on users.

Language

There are no filters on the user-generated flash cards, so content on those is dependent on users.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no filters on the user-generated flash cards, so content on those is dependent on users.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo is a free flash card app made by the developers of Duolingo that turns memorization-style studying into a game-like experience. Users can search for subject-specific flash cards or make their own. There's a premade flash card deck for almost any traditional learning subject (and some not-so-mainstream topics), from the periodic table of elements to Pokémon. Users with an account -- requiring a name and an email address -- can make and share their own decks with words and visuals, and though very little iffy content was evident during the review period, there were a few decks featuring sexy or sex-related pictures. So, while younger kids could benefit from using the app, parents may want to monitor closely. There are no parent filters, but decks can be reported as inappropriate. Read the privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNina P. October 10, 2016

Excellent flashcard tool

This app is excellent for children ages 10 and up. During the initial setup phase, you must choose your status as a teacher or student. After selecting student,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRTGen June 5, 2018

A great app for studying

With this app, you can create great virtual flash cards that you can share with friends easily via link. There is a social media aspect though, and you are unab... Continue reading

What's it about?

First choose the topic you're interested in learning on TINYCARDS -- FLASHCARDS BY DUOLINGO, and then tap on that icon for that topic. Lesson 1 will appear. Tap on that and the new card image to flip it and see the related word on the back. Study it, then swipe to go to the next card. If you already know it, tap "I already know this," and that information will be hidden from view. Even if you don't spell a word correctly when asking to type an answer, the app will recognize your intended response. Once you get through all the memorization exercises for cards on that level, new cards on that subject will appear and an icon will indicate that you completed a level. Making your own cards is as easy as creating an account, entering images (from the internet or your camera roll) and related words, then saving and sharing (optional) the deck. 

Is it any good?

Memorization requires repetition, and getting kids to repeat much of anything requires it to be fun -- and this app is fun. The bright and unique images on Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo and its ongoing changeups of how the material is presented keeps users on their toes and interested. This app tracks users' progress not in point totals but by actually changing the difficulty of the cards and switching to new cards. As you learn, the app adapts, and it's OK if you're not a great speller, which helps a kid focus on learning concepts first. It's very easy to make your own flash card deck, including images, and there's a wide variety of decks already available, with more being added all the time. Elementary school kids could definitely benefit from using the app, but because of the iffy user-generated decks, parents may want to supervise. A parent filter would definitely make it more versatile. Overall, it's a great way to memorize terms and concepts for free!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what your kids may want to use with Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo to help them learn. From Pokémon characters to nations of the world, there are so many subjects that memorization can help kids learn both in and out of school.

  • Talk about sharing information online and appropriate posting. Consider creating an email address that's only used for online/gaming profiles, especially for your kids.

  • If your kid is struggling to memorize what they're learning on this app, ask them what other low-tech ideas may help them learn a certain subject: Can they act out words with theatrics? Make a colorful, art-filled poster? Write a poem?

App details

For kids who love memorization and learning new concepts

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