How to Use Anki
Anki is a great app for reviewing things.
Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless. For example: + Learning a language + Studying for medical and law exams + Memorizing people's names and faces + Brushing up on geography + Mastering long poems + Even practicing guitar chords!
More than one Anki user has excitedly studied hundreds of new cards over their first few days of using the program, and then become overwhelmed by the reviews required.
Understanding Anki Intervals
For new card (card in the first learning step), there is two learning step(or learning stage and learned stage), correspondingly two buttons, Again(1m) and Good(10m). On UI, there exists one more Easy(4d) in case this new card is already what you are familiar with. [Three numbers above buttons mean new cards, cards in learning, and cards to review respectively.]
For Learning Cards
At first learning step, there are 3 buttons on UI, namely, Again(1m), Good(10m) and Easy(4d).
- Pressing Again(1m) keeps this new card at the first learning step;
- Pressing Good(10m) moves this new card into the second learning step;
- Pressing Easy(4d) converts this new card into a review card(which will be seen at reviewing stage).
At second learning step, there are also 3 buttons on UI, but are, Again(1m), Good(1d) and Easy(4d).
- Pressing Again(1m) returns this learned card backward the first learning step;
- Pressing Good(1d) converts this learned card into a review card;
- Pressing Easy(4d) turns this learned card into a review card with no doubt.
For Reviewing Cards
At review stage, there are 4 buttons on UI, namely, Again, Hard, Good and Easy.
- Pressing Again lapses this review card, and this review card becomes a lapsed card;
- Pressing Hard shortens next review interval;
- Pressing Good uses the normal approximately 2 1/2x last interval as the next;
- Pressing Easy lengthens next review interval.
The easiest way to create hierarchy for decks is to use naming or renaming. For illustration, "French" is a deck, and "French::My Textbook" is one sub-deck of "French".
A second easy way to construct hierarchy between decks is to use Drag-and-Drop function on Anki, unfortunately, AnkiDroid not included.
- Space or Enter for Good, "1, 2, 3 and 4" for Again, Hard or Good, and Easy.
- "/" for switching decks.
My Experience with Anki
This is not the first time that i pick up this open source app to hlep me in foreign language learning.
The first time I used this app can date back to Spring 2013. The initial reason to use this app is just because there is no other alternative for Studentenweg Deutsch Vokabeln. So with some a long history of struggling for making full use of this app, I picked up Regular Expression again to formalize the data source that I get on the internet, I used BAT file to handle file name issues, I used HTML&CSS to ensure the layout as satisfying as possible, and even Python for sound and image source, even VBA to handle Excel. Gradually, time spending for manipulate this app exceeds time spending for language learning. Something like fall in love with the app and forget my initial intention. Then low efficiency of language study, I dropped this app for nearly one year.
Now, step into a new horizon of my life, i guess it's time for me to pick it up again.
My Learning Track
2015.09.17: Reading Anki Manual Study Part Again and producing the above Understanding Anki Interval Section.
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