How to Maximize or Improve Learning with Anki

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AD90

25 Dec, 2014 10:50 PM

Hello friends,

I've been using Anki for almost a year now, and I really like it. I had to go through a rough learning curve at first, but it was worth it.

Despite having become very familiar with the program, I still feel I'm not exploiting it to the max due to a lack of knowledge of the learning principle(s) that form the basis for Anki. I'd like to know exactly how Anki helps me learn or memorize and what are its limitations.

I'd appreciate it if you could recommend some articles or threads on this topic.

Thank you.

  1. 1 Posted by Vit on 26 Dec, 2014 05:02 AM

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    I'd appreciate it if you could recommend some articles or threads on this topic.

    Reading: 1. supermemo.com 2. http://www.supermemo.com/help/faq/ks.htm#3 Ctrl_F 20 rules.
    3. http://sivers.org/srs

    how Anki helps me learn or memorize ?

    Anki helps to memorize ( not learn ) the material you have already learned and understand. Of course, for Vocabulary - there is nothing to 'learn'; so you go right to Memorizing...

    1. The worst thing you can do is to make 'inefficient' cards. Read 20 rules; even though they do not have much details - it is a good start for thinking and asking q's.
    2. Even 'worse' is using the unsuitable Note type; try all of them on a test cards ONLY.
    3. Not good approach to lump different topics in one deck ( deck Options 'invented' for a reason) .
    4. Do not use 'default' settings just because they are there; understand them and you will see how much time you lost by using defaults.
      1. If you are ready for Add-ons, there are very helpful ones; some of them are 'must have'.

    Is this the info of the interest to you ?

  2. 2 Posted by mnhende2 on 26 Dec, 2014 10:03 AM

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    @AD90: If you search and read about the terms "Spaced Repetition"
    "Spacing Effect" "Active Recall" "Forgetting Curve" you'll find plenty
    of good articles. This is a good overview to start with:
    http://www.gwern.net/Spaced%20repetition

    Best, mnnhende2

  3. 3 Posted by mnhende2 on 26 Dec, 2014 10:05 AM

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    I agree with Vit. The 20 Rules is a great list.

  4. 4 Posted by AD90 on 26 Dec, 2014 10:29 PM

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    @Vit, mnhende2:

    Thank you so much for sharing these articles. You've opened a world of learning for me. I've been wanting to learn about this stuff for a long time. This is pure gold.

    Best,

    AD

  5. 5 Posted by mnhende2 on 26 Dec, 2014 10:48 PM

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    You're welcome. Enjoy the reading.

  6. AD90 closed this discussion on 28 Dec, 2014 03:50 AM.

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