Tip #796: Make Remembering Easy

“Sometimes you just need words on a page to memorize.” Thomas Middleditch

If you have a memory intensive subject you want to learn, like languages or law, and you have a lot of things that you need to keep in memory, there apparently are space repetition systems. A popular one is the free open source one named Anki (which means memorization in Japanese).

This is essentially a flash card management software you can use to turn your knowledge, the questions that you want to retrieve, into flashcards. Anki will set up an algorithm to schedule in the future times to review that information so that you will ensure that you don’t forget it, and you can maintain that knowledge over a longer period of time.

According to its website, Anki is a program that makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

Anki is content agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup to help you: learn a language, study for medical and law exams, memorize people’s names and faces, brush upon geography, master long poems, and even practice guitar chords. It will handle decks of 100,000+ cards with no problems.

Please let me know if you’ve used Anki, what you used it for,  and what you thought about its usefulness. Thank you!

May your learning be sweet.


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