Anki – for Better Memory and Learning

Anki – for Better Memory and Learning

Anki is a free cross-platform program that aids in learning and memorizing desired content. It exists in versions for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. It was created by Damien Elmes, an Australian software engineer, and was first released in 2006.

What is Anki?

Anki is a program that assists in learning foreign languages, preparing for medical and law exams, memorizing songs, musical scores, remembering names and faces of people around us, etc. Its creators present Anki as a program that helps in everyday life. The program has become popular among students, pupils, and others who need to memorize a lot of information or simply want to improve their memory.

There are two types of applications: Anki and AnkiDroid. These are two versions of the same software, but they are intended for different platforms. Anki is designed for desktop computers with Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. This application is also called AnkiDesktop. Users can create, edit, and use their digital flashcards for learning with it. AnkiDroid is the other version of the application, intended for mobile devices (phones and tablets). AnkiDroid is only used for viewing and learning, not for creating materials. AnkiWeb service is a unique website that allows access to and synchronization of data between different devices. AnkiDesktop and AnkiDroid can be connected through the AnkiWeb service to synchronize data between them.

Anki - Desktop

How does Anki work?

Anki is used for learning through digital flashcards. Users create and customize their own digital flashcards according to the content they need to learn and their preferences. Anki is a flexible learning tool because it allows digital flashcards to contain text, images, sound, and video. The Anki application offers the possibility of sharing with others. The best way to share is through the AnkiWeb service, where users can freely access a vast database of digital flashcards created for various learning areas. Once desired cards are downloaded to their device, internet connection is no longer required.

The fundamental learning principle that Anki employs is spaced repetition, meaning flashcards appear as many times as necessary for the user to learn the material. Material that is easily learned is repeated less frequently compared to material that is harder to remember. Anki utilizes an algorithm for repeating content to be learned with increasing intervals of time to facilitate faster learning and create more enduring memory.

We’ve previously written about programs that utilize flashcards for learning (e.g., Gingko: History of the World). Anki has gained popularity among users as a successful method due to the flexibility of content and the spaced repetition algorithm.

Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS



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