Despite the benefits of using flashcards in memorization, only a few people take advantage of this learning strategy. Perhaps, this is because of the hassle brought by manually creating flashcards out of scratch. No one can blame these people because making flashcards is certainly time-consuming, considering the amount of information present in a specific topic. However, do you know that there is a way to create flashcards easily using modern technology?
Anki is a software application specialized in facilitating memorization by creating flashcards and reinforcing spaced repetition. It was developed by Damien Elmes in 2006. The latest version of Anki is available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, FreeBSD and iOS for free in App Store, Google Play Store, and in their official website.
Perhaps, Anki is the most extensive, accessible, and flexible application anyone can use for flashcard optimization. It offers different types of flashcards that enable personalized learning experience depending on learning styles. This software also has a lot of features that can stimulate active learning, these include audio clips, videos, and images that allow its users to deeply participate in the learning process. The thing that I love the most about Anki is its function to import decks (a group of flashcards) from other users that enable you to save more time from the whole process of manually creating flashcards.
Important Tip: It is better if you make your own flashcards because by doing so, you engage yourself in active learning resulting in a more effective study session. Think of it like you are learning the subject while you are not yet fully studying, this can help you master the principles and concepts of your topic easier.
Anki also has a column designated for statistics where you can have an overview of your study intervals and the percentage of the flashcards you answered correctly. On the other hand, the ease of use of the software is not very convincing because of its complexity. For users who are not tech-savvy (like me), this can actually become a big problem. Perhaps, this is to compensate with the number of amazing features that the software offers.
Up to this date, I have been using Anki for almost two years in every piece of information that I want to memorize and master. I use it for studying, familiarization and memorizing scriptures. And as a medical student, I find great relief that there are free resources like Anki that solely aspires to help students elevate their game. With more software like Anki, the fulfillment of self-development is not far from reality. The only boundary left to break now is you—start learning, take action, and make it happen.
If you want a full and comprehensive tutorial on how to use Anki, you can watch it here: The Ultimate Guide to Anki
Q&A: Question and Action
How do you quickly memorize information? What memorization strategies do you need to start and stop using in order to let information stick into your long term memory?
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About the Writer:
Elijah Wayne Marin is a self-improvement blogger from the Philippines. He is a medical laboratory science student who began blogging in the midst of a pandemic. His goal is to empower young people in breaking their boundaries by providing tips, motivation and relevant information about personal development.
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