A software designed to help you remember facts as quickly, easily and efficiently as possible
Anki is a software designed to help you remember facts (such as words and phrases in a foreign language) as quickly, easily and efficiently as possible. To do this, it tracks how well you remember each fact, and uses that information to optimally schedule review times. With a minimal amount of effort, you can greatly increase the amount of material you remember, making study more productive, and more fun. Anki is based on a theory called spaced repetition. In simple terms, it means that each time you review some material, you should wait longer than last time before reviewing it again. This maximizes the time spent studying difficult material and minimizes the time spent reviewing things you already know. The concept is simple, but the vast majority of memory trainers and flashcard programs out there either avoid the concept all together, or implement inflexible and suboptimal methods that were originally designed for pen and paper. Anki’s primary target is people studying Japanese, and Japanese native speakers studying English. However, it can be used to remember anything at all, and there are some users who are studying Chinese and possibly other languages with it. Why Anki? People forget things. It’s natural, as our memory capacity is not infinite. Every day our brain is bombarded with thousands of pieces of information, and our brain is forced to discard a lot of the information we receive. Most people can’t remember what they had for breakfast last Tuesday. This is usually a good thing, as last week’s breakfast is not something which is useful to remember. The problem is that the brain is not so good at deciding what information is important and what is not. Big events tend to be more memorable – a traumatic experience, turning 18, one’s wedding day. But smaller pieces of information tend to get discarded just as rapidly as last week’s breakfast. Studies have shown that 48 hours after a study session, we have generally forgotten 75% of the material. When undertaking something that requires a lot of memorization, such as studying a new language, forgetting 75% of the material you learn can be very demotivating. Spaced repetition Our brain may not be so good at picking what new pieces of information will be important, but it does eventually catch on. Being placed in a situation where you are forced to recall a recently learnt piece of information, the brain realises that perhaps this information is important, and strengthens the memory. A memory which lasts two days becomes stronger and may last for a week or two next time. If we study it again before we forget, then the memory gets longer again. This is the key point of spaced repetition: each time we review a piece of information, our memory becomes stronger and we remember it for longer. The first couple of reviews may be a few days or a few weeks, but the more we review, the longer the interval (or space) between revisions becomes. It’s not unusual to reach repetition times of 5 years within 10 repetitions – this means that you only have to practice a word once every 5 years in order to continue remembering it!
Here are some key features of “Anki”:
- Review anywhere. Anki lets you study on your own computer, online, on your cell phone or other portable devices like an iPod touch.
- Synchronization features let you keep your information across multiple computers.
- Shared decks allow you to divide work between friends, and let teachers push material to many students at once.
- Intelligent scheduler based on the SuperMemo SM2 algorithm.
- Flexible fact/card model that allows you to generate multiple views of information, and input information in the format you wish. You’re not limited to predefined styles.
- Fully extensible, with a large number of plugins already available.
- Optimized for speed, and will handle reviewing decks of 100,000+ cards with no problems.
- Clean, user-friendly interface.
- Internet Connection
- When importing an .apkg file, existing notes will be updated if they are newer in the .apkg file, and the note types are compatible. Cards are not touched, so existing progress will be retained. This means content authors can now easily distribute not only new content, but updates to existing content as well.
- Filtered decks have a new “relative overdueness” sort option that will sort cards by how overdue they are compared to their interval, in the same manner Anki did a few years ago.
- You can now show tags as a browser column.
- Fix an issue with importing when a filtered deck was selected in the main window.
- Don’t treat modified q/a templates as an incompatible note type.
- Anki now enforces a standard encoding of media files with non-latin text, which should fix some issues moving media between Mac and non-Mac computers, and will ensure you don’t end up with multiple files in your media folder that look like they have the same filename but actually have a different encoding.
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