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Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it's a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

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Anki review by Madhu S.
Madhu S.
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"Anki - Become efficient at learning and memory "

What do you like best?

Anki is a smart flash card system. It is primarily used by people to learn languages, but it can be used to memorize anything.

Anki is based on the principle of ‘spaced repetition'. This is the theory that our memory is made up of two parts: Short term and long term.

By default all new information goes into short term memory, which can only hold it for a few days. But if it is reviewed often enough, then it will enter the long term memory, where it will stay for life, provided it is occasionally reviewed.

Anki uses a special calculation to test you on information just as your brain is about to forget it. By doing this, it allows information to move into your long-term memory.

The result is that you don’t waste time learning information, as Anki only shows it to you when you are about to forget. But you also never run the risk of not reviewing information enough, which could cause it to be forgotten.

Anki has a number of tools to help with memorizing information.

1) Multi-media:

You can insert all sorts of media into your flash cards, including photos, sounds and videos. The brain responds much better to images, so this can help greatly with learning.

2) Multi-sided cards

You can test yourself on your cards in normal order (e.g. Question, Answer) or reverse (Answer first to see if you can recall the question)

It’s even possible to have more than two sides.

For example, every word in Japanese can be written in 4 different ways (as the language has 4 different alphabets). So you may wish to have a five sided flash card that displays a word in all the different ways to help with learning the 4 different languages (The fifth side will have the word in English).

3) Text-to-speech

Anki can automatically read out the contents of your flash cards using an add-in module. It will read it out in a variety of accents. This is very useful for learning languages as it helps to get the pronunciation correct.

4) Free web syncing

You can sync your cards across multiple devices. The statistics of when the cards will be reviewed are also synced.

This is very useful if you study in different environments.

5) Great support

Anki has an excellent support system. There is both a support ticket service and user-to-user support.

6) Free

All of this is available for free, except the iOS version. It is slightly pricy at $20+ but it helps to cover the cost of the free web syncing server. (You can of course use the free web version on iOS).

7) Excellent modules

These help to enhance your cards and streamline the process of managing multiple cards.

What do you dislike?

Anki can be a little complicated to understand. It doesn’t help that the interface for web, PC and Mac is horribly ugly (Only the Android app looks nice. The iOS app is just about okay). However, there are plenty of videos on Youtube that explain everything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don’t let the ugly app or initially complicated nature put you off. I originally went for another program, but I was later kicking myself as it doesn’t have the power that Anki offers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Anki for a variety of business functions:

• Learning sales pitches

• Learning facts and statistics

• Learning interesting information in books or the news.

Knowing this information makes me more confident, as I don’t have to look it up or refer to notes.

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Anki review by paramveer s.
paramveer s.
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"repetition to memory"

What do you like best?

1. fast

2. available on windows, android, iOS(paid)

3. spaced repition helps to transfer facts from short term to long term memory

4. can put in images

What do you dislike?

1. app lacks good material design

2. app is tough to manage when multiple decks have been created

3. learning is not concept based but cramming based

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. definitely try it , at least once

2. beware, do not create multiple decks, app will get unstable

3. limit the text used to make flashcards

4. always follow anki wiki, very helpful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. keeping easy to forget information handy in anki and revising them on day to day basis ensures i dont forget them

2. performing well on health care industry, new innovations i come across i can feed in anki. Anki helps me recall the facts.

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Anki review by User
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"My experience of using Anki"

What do you like best?

Came across the software through the book "Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner. Anki makes it very easy to create new cards, and you can create different types of cards. The most basic type is the traditional flash card. There's also a reverse card, where you're sometimes shown the front ("Chair") and sometimes the back ("Silla," Spanish for chair).

What do you dislike?

Anki is a mature product, but its interface can seem unintuitive at first. There is a learning curve to both the system and Anki, so if you're just starting out, you should probably find a ready-made pack of cards and use that for a while. You can then transition over to creating your own cards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you enjoy learning new things (or have to, for school), Anki is an invaluable piece of software, well worth the time it takes to master and use on a daily basis. Anki plugs into a free service called AnkiWeb, which hosts many ready-made shared card decks. There are some users who carefully created extensive decks of cards for learning anything from anatomy to Japanese, and it is very easy to download these packs. Creating one from scratch seemed like a lot of work, until I realized the key was to do it incrementally, one new datum at a time, as I learn. Anki is a mature product, but its interface can seem unintuitive at first. There is a learning curve to both the system and Anki, so if you're just starting out, you should probably find a ready-made pack of cards and use that for a while. You can then transition over to creating your own cards.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am learning a new language and have also introduced it many of my friends and co-workers. Trivia and language are the two most common uses, and flash cards are great at that. I first tried using Anki almost two years ago, when I decided to master the NATO phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Charlie, and so on). I used Anki's mobile companion, AnkiDroid, for most of my studying, and it was remarkably effective. Within a few short days I was able to spell out anything using the NATO alphabet, and I retained the knowledge for months. Recently, I came across something called the Janki Method, in which you use spaced repetition to learn anything, including computer programming, and not just limited sets of data.

Anki review by User in Research
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"Most Convenient and Effective Memorization Tool "

What do you like best?

Syncing between different devices allows me to memorize to memorize wherever I am - perfect for anytime that I have a few minutes to kill. Spaced Repetition learning was a new concept that has proven to be very effective. No alternative allows the flexibility or provides the effectiveness of Anki. Ability to use and design add-ons to the software is a large bonus that makes Anki a very complete product

What do you dislike?

Due to the number of features and user designed add ons, Anki is a bit intimidating at first and has a bit of a learning curve. However, Anki is 100% worth the time taken to learn for anyone needing a memorization tool

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the Anki forums and reddit to find add ons and master all the helpful features Anki has to offer

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In a field where a lot of background knowledge is required, I use Anki to solidify important details that I need to know and use it as an aid when learning new concepts.

Anki review by Rukia Isabel Y.
Rukia Isabel Y.
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"Helpful for learning, not for cramming"

What do you like best?

Helpful because I can organize so much material into the cards and it shows me what I’ve learned less and less so I can focus on the material I don’t know as well.

What do you dislike?

It can be very tedious to create. If you want the app you have to pay for it and to upload photos onto the flash cards. It’s good for teaching yourself something sporadically, but not as effective for cramming info.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly use it for educational purposes. Such as studying for difficult exams, such as my medical school entrance exam (MCAT). It is also very helpful when trying to prepare for the board exams if you use it a little every day for boards prep.

Anki review by Kristyn V.
Kristyn V.
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"Anki Flashcard Tool"

What do you like best?

Easy to make custom and interactive flashcards for studying. You can even add images or audio to the flashcards. This aids with studying things like language where pronunciation is important. You can also download pre-made decks.

What do you dislike?

A way simply share the flashcards you make, maybe over social media, would be useful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can import the flashcards you make to share with coworkers and then people can edit and change the cards as is helpful to them.

Anki review by Pablo Estuardo A.
Pablo Estuardo A.
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"Great software to develop your memory "

What do you like best?

It uses the principle of "spaced - repetition" in order to learn any topic through flash cards.

What do you dislike?

If you want to use the advanced features to customize your flashcards, it would be a little difficult to configure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If facilitates the process to learn something new that requires memorization. It is a good tool for training.

Anki review by Kayla W.
Kayla W.
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"A Virtual Way of Studying and Improving Memory"

What do you like best?

Instead of having to physically write out flash cards, one can simply type them must faster and have them in a safe place for when they are needed.

What do you dislike?

In previous versions, I do not believe there was a way to print the work you did.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make use of this program as much as possible!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is now much easier to keep these tools organized for when you need them now and in the future.

Anki review by User in Higher Education
User in Higher Education
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"Fantastic spaced learning flashcard software"

What do you like best?

This software automatically creates scientifically based spaced repetition.

What do you dislike?

Not the most user-friendly interface for a new operator

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need to take time to read very long and sometimes confusing user-manual published online by creators. However, once the learning curve has been achieved, this software is absolutely worth it (and it is free).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software can be applied to almost all areas of academics or recreation, especially language learning.

Anki review by Ragini G.
Ragini G.
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"Memorization Tool"

What do you like best?

It is easily shareable - i.e. you can make a deck of cards and easily distribute it to others who can also use it.

What do you dislike?

The graphical user interface is pretty plain and not that aesthetically pleasing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is best used when those you collaborate with also use the same software. This way study tools (decks) can be shared/pooled.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps to collate data and distribute study tools in a flexible way.

Anki review by User in Higher Education
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"Powerful tool for memorizing and testing your knowledge"

What do you like best?

It's great for memorizing large topics over a period of time. It's easy to create flashcards with and upload any pictures to help you study

What do you dislike?

It has a very bland and boring layout. Has limited font and character styles.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Modernized the layout of anki and maybe make it easier to locate flash cards and create them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are no business problems are I'm solving with Anki.

Anki review by User in Higher Education
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"Essential tool for studying"

What do you like best?

Easy to organize and put into categories, easy to review, ability to add tags.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to get equations or special characters into text.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start broad and begin to narrow

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is certainly helping to compile information, categorize it better, and makes it easier to find when needed.

Anki review by User in Environmental Services
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"Time-consuming app"

What do you like best?

I used Anki to study the Turkish language. I like that I can use pictures to remember the Turkish words (as opposed to using English words to prompt the Turkish equivalent), which helps greatly with memorization.

What do you dislike?

It was tedious to upload the photos to Anki for the language deck. Also I thought the program itself could be more user-friendly and attractive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can help with memorization but it could be more user-friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps to memorize a foreign language

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