# Making theorems into flashcards?

I am studying real analysis and trying to convert some of the rather wordy theorems into flashcards. Some of the theorems have names and so it's easy to make a flashcard that just asks that I state the main hypotheses of the theorem and the conclusions. Further, I can make flash cards that state the hypotheses for a particular theorem and asks me to follow through with the statement of the conclusion; or ones that state a given conclusion and asks me the hypotheses under which the conclusion holds.

My problem is that I am most stuck with theorems that are not named, are relatively long or that have relatively uninformative hypotheses for instance, "Let $f:A\rightarrow B$ be a continuous function, then ...". A hypothesis like that can easily apply to dozens of theorems.

Does anybody have any experience with making flashcards for learning mathematics or any ideas about how to overcome these problems?

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Since it's for your convenience, it may help to give those unnamed theorems names you would remember... – J. M. Aug 11 '11 at 15:14
If a theorem doesn't have a name, give it one. Be creative and make it meaningful to you. Personal mnemonics make recall easier on tests anyway. – anon Aug 11 '11 at 16:01
For some theorems, try splitting them into 2 cards, to test yourself both on the hypotheses as well as the conclusion. For example, compare these two: (1) Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a continuous map of metric spaces, with $X$ compact. What can you say about $f$?...and also (2) What conditions could I impose to ensure that a map $f$ on metric spaces is uniformly continuous? – John M Aug 11 '11 at 16:13