You know the story: every semester, around mid-terms and especially finals week, everyone loads up on 3×5 cards and starts frantically making flashcards. Some just use a pencil, but I’ve seen plenty pull out their markers, channel their inner artist and OCD, and color code their cards. If they are lucky and actually get all their cards made, they pore over them one after another trying to cram the information into their brains.
What if there was a different way?
Enter the free, digital flashcard program, Anki. Anki is a simple and easy way to study any information you want.
What makes Anki so great is that it determines when you are likely to forget the info on a flashcard, and presents that card to you just before that time. The time is determined by how difficult or easy the information is for you to remember whenever you review the card. In other words, you only review cards that you need to review on any given day.
Anki only brings back a card for your review when you are likely to forget it. No need to make cards by hand, lug them around, and study all of them at once with no rhyme or reason.
You can add any information you want for your classes and even download decks made by others. It is great for languages, those tough science, Bible, or history courses, and is especially good for studying GRE vocab!
Anki is a software program for your computer, and this is where you make most of your flashcards and decks. Anki also has a web version, helpfully called “Ankiweb,” that allows you to study online from your phone or tablet.
We also will post useful Anki links in the resources pages of the blog, but here they are to get you started: