Flashcard learning has been around for quite some time and while reviewing learning methods and ways that may work for me, stumbled across Anki a while back – no, not the Robot fighting crap a true worthwhile flash card app.
What is Anki?
To put it quite simply it is the perfect software application to help you memorize anything via flashcards and repetitive reinforcement, These flashcards contain all the material that you want to memorize: text, images, sounds and even complex equations or math formulas written in LaTeX. The software can also sync everything to AnkiWeb and allow you full control to view the cards and learn on any device,
What can I use Anki for?
According to the official website, you can use Anki for:
- 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!
How does Anki work?
Once you’ve created flashcards or downloaded a set pack from the ones created by the Anki community, you will need to decide how often the flashcards will appear on your screen. Anki will also adjust your settings, so the questions that you get stuck on a lot will be shown more frequently so you learn them faster, the questions you get right each time will be shown less often.
Anki supports many different operating systems so all the big boys are covered including Windows, Mac, Linux as well as iPhones/iOS and Android devices.
I highly reccomend it and suggest you check it out, oh and did I mention it’s free? – Ankisrs.net