Okay, I seem to have a hit a snag
I can recognize the hiragana easily in the lessons, particularly the ones where you match the symbols to the sounds but when I try to identify them on flash cards, everything suddenly falls out of my head and I miss most of them. Is there a strategy I can try to overcome this?
keep trying. i know it may be unhelpful, but i know what you are talking about
then you definitely have the necessary determination to succeed. it really does get easier eventually, because the number of unknown cards decreases each time you learn one. good luck!
Do what I do. It can be used for TinyCards that Duolingo offers, or any regular flashcards.
It's a routine: If a deck of flashcards has 10 levels, then start with 1, and do it over and over as many times as you can until it's become natural to you. Then move on to the second level. Do the same thing and once that's become natural to you, then spend the next day doing both 1 and 2.
Day 1: Level 1
Day 2: Level 2
Day 3: Levels 1 and 2
Day 4: Level 3
Day 5: Levels 1, 2 and 3
Day 6: Level 4
Day 7: Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
That way, you're never losing the knowledge and you're pacing yourself until the very end, and you'll have a natural and paced understanding.
I've done this with Hiragana, Katakana and now I'm doing it with Kanji. It works. Try it out!
Repetition. Come back and review every day.
Remembering all the symbols of hiragana usually doesn't stick in your brain in one day. Keep coming back to review so that those symbols are easier to recognize until it becomes automatically recognizable.
If you are in Japan, try reading signs, especially familiar train station signs. If not try making your own flashcards with actual words of two/three syllables. Again, you will be familiar with them since you wrote them yourself.