Anki

Anki 2.0.26

Memory training for serious students

Anki is a memorization system designed to help students - of anything - strengthen their long-term retention of facts. You'll still have to do the learning yourself, but Anki's method of drilling you means that you'll remember the answers long after you first learned them. View full description

PROS

  • Advanced configuration options
  • Great online tools and community

CONS

  • No offline help
  • Online video tutorials refer to older version

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Anki is a memorization system designed to help students - of anything - strengthen their long-term retention of facts. You'll still have to do the learning yourself, but Anki's method of drilling you means that you'll remember the answers long after you first learned them.

There are two ways of using Anki - you can either create your own questions (cards) or download other people's decks (groups of cards) from the website. Creating your own is very simple; you type in questions and answers (the front and back of the virtual cards) into the respective fields and format them to your taste, adding video, images, audio (useful for language learning) or using LaTeX and HTML.

You can memorize anything with Anki but a lot of the decks available online are aimed at Asian languages, especially Japanese. Anki works by showing you one side of the card. You remember the answer and, depending on how easy you found the question, mark it as Again, Good, Easy or Very Easy. Anki will ask you the same question again in a specific period of time designed to maximize your memory of the word. The program gives you detailed statistics on your performance and shows your progress in graph form so you can monitor it closely.

Although Anki might not sound revolutionary, it is a great tool for all types of students. As long as you can put what you need to learn in the format used by Anki's cards, you'll get some serious memory-maximizing help from the program. It is nicely designed, developed by someone who is obviously very dedicated to the concept and is an ideal accompaniment for people who are serious about learning something tough.

Anki is the perfect program for students of all ages.

Changes

  • Fixed a bug where failing a card didn't reset its interval when per day scheduling was off.
  • Set the type in answer box to use the same font as the field.
  • Add Latvian translation, and updated other translations, thanks to the translators.
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User reviews about Anki

  • elpresidente666

    by elpresidente666

    "Great for learning"

    The spaced repetition system in Anki is very effective, which makes learning really fast. The program has a lot of fe...   More.

  • Jul77

    by Jul77

    "Effective and useful program"

    Very useful program for memorizing. It's great that you can create your own decks. Anki is very flexible and easy to ...   More.

  • Elroch

    by Elroch

    "Excellent, efficient, effective software. The best I know for its purpose."

    I've spent a lot of time attempting to learn a language over several years, bought another flashcard program but foun...   More.