Application showcases and manages how many cards are repeated, relying on user feedback to determine progress in their learning. Users are simply required to read questions, provide answers and mark each card as “Again”, “Good”, “Easy” or “Very Easy” which will help the app to determine how often it needs to bring this card up in the learning session to help users to maximize the user’s memory.
- 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!
The user interface of Anki for Windows PC is very simple and intuitive, enabling anyone to easily manage their card decks or start building their own. The application tracks usage of all cards, and showcases a large list of statistics for each card and deck, including the date the card was created, how many times it was edited, the difficulty rating, the average time of user processing, how many times it was shown, tags, reviews and much more. During each practice session the app measures statistics for each deck, even managing to showcase the estimated time for the exercise’s end.
In addition to the learning part of the app, Anki also features the full card and deck editor that allows users to quickly create their own learning exercise. They can adjust everything, including text, titles, colors, font and style, and more. Studying sessions can also be customized by time length, by numbers of cards shown, and even with a useful limit of how many new cards are introducing every day.
Anki is a highly customizable education and reference application that can provide great service to anyone willing to learn. It is especially useful for learning new languages, with cards holding new words and phrases that need to be practiced daily. However, users need to be aware that this app UI is a bit old-school, it lacks offline Help or FAQ, and online video tutorials are focused only on the latest versions of the app, leaving highly capable older versions without official help references.