Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. It is a spaced repetition flashcard program, is free and work fine in Window, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Android and iOS, developed by Damien Elmes.
The spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent reviews of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.
It is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn. . I am seeing first-hand how this program help in learning of new language,. The possibilities are endless. For example:
- learning a language
- studying for medical and law exams
- memorizing people’s names and faces
- brushing up on geography
- mastering long poems
- even practicing guitar chords!
Active Recall Testing
Active recall testing means being asked a question and trying to remember the answer. This is in contrast to passive study, where we read, watch or listen to something without pausing to consider if we know the answer. Research has shown that active recall testing is far more effective at building strong memories than passive study. There are two reasons for this:
- The act of recalling something strengthens the memory, increasing the chances we’ll be able to remember it again.
- When we’re unable to answer a question, it tells us we need to return to the material to review or relearn it.
Use It or Lose It
Our brains are efficient machines, and they rapidly discard information that doesn’t seem useful. Chances are that you don’t remember what you had for dinner on Monday two weeks ago, because this information is not usually useful. If you went to a fantastic restaurant that day and spent the last two weeks telling people about how great it was, however, you’re likely to still remember in vivid detail.
The brain’s “use it or lose it” policy applies to everything we learn. If you spend an afternoon memorizing some science terms, and then don’t think about that material for two weeks, you’ll probably have forgotten most of it. In fact, studies show we forget about 75% of material learnt within a 48 hour period. This can seem pretty depressing when you need to learn a lot of information.
The solution is simple, however: review. By reviewing newly-learnt information, we can greatly reduce forgetting.
The only problem is that traditionally review was not very practical. If you are using paper flashcards, it’s easy to flick through all of them if you only have 30 of them to review, but as the number grows to 300 or 3000, it quickly becomes unwieldy.
- Anki supports synchronization with a free online server called AnkiWeb. This allows users to keep decks synchronized across multiple computers, and to study online or on a cell phone.
- More than 400 add-ons for Anki are available
- make flashcards
- The easiest way to get started with Anki is to download a deck of cards
- Use any sounds and images in your decks
- You can display information about a card by clicking the Info button in the toolbar while browsing.
And much more.