I remember watching The Matrix and the most striking scene for me was when Neo learned Kung Fu instantly. It was as simple as uploading a program and before you know it our protagonist suddenly learned a martial art that takes years to learn. Wouldn´t it be cool if we´ve invented something like this? What if I told you that we have something similar albeit not as sophisticated as the one on The Matrix.
According to their website: ¨Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.
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!
There are two simple concepts behind Anki: active recall testing andspaced repetition. They are not known to most learners, despite having been written about in the scientific literature for many years. Understanding how they work will make you a more effective learner. ¨
It´s claim to fame is the active recall testing. In simple terms active recall is simply being asked a question and remembering the answer vis-à-vis the normal studying routine of reading without stopping to check if actually know the answer. Research shows that active recall is more effective at building strong memories versus just passive ratings. The mere act of recalling strengthens your memory and therefore increasing the chance for you to remember things. Moreover, if we fail to give an answer it shows us to return to the material and study it again.
The application also uses spaced repetition. This means that the things that you´ve already learned are showed later than thing that you haven´t learned. The cards that you fail to give the answers to will repeat itself more often than the cards that you´ve already know the answer to.
The app is surely stress-free to use it. It´s very intuitive to use! Ankidroid is very customizable. You can customize font size, color, screen rotation, etc. Moreover, there are fancy graphs that show you statistics about your studying progress. This app is surely a must for students as it can help you study anything!