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Zoom in trick for Anki

13 Nov

Anki is a popular space repetition program. I use it every day. I have it on my smart phone and on my computer. Recently, however, when I switched to the Surface Pro, I discovered that the text on Anki was very small and hard to read.

But I just discovered a trick that solves the problem.


Lifelong Learners League

22 Feb

I just stumbled across this website and blog; The Lifelong Learners League. It describes itself as “a free on line community for people who love to learn.”

Here is a recent post on using flash cards for foreign language study:

“I highly recommend this flashcard system—it cements the vocab words into my brain!”

While we are on the subject of flashcards, I would recommend trying Anki, in addition to paper cards.


Cellphone apps for language learning

16 Mar

Zach Simon at The Huffington Post blogs about cellphone apps for language learning. The article is geared for iphone users, for those of us who use Android phones there are also many good language learning programs, I recommend Anki and Memrise, both of which you can sync between your mobile device and your work station.

Beyond that, just do a search for your target language and you’ll be surprised by the wealth of language learning materials available.

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Old words that need revival

9 Mar

Here is a post titled “13 Wonderful Old English Words We Should Still Be Using Today.” I especially like the verb “fudgel,” which means “Pretending to work when you’re not actually doing anything at all.”

I may add some of these to my daily Anki practice.

Here are a few words from the vikings:

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Jeopardy! champions use Anki

15 Feb

Readers of this blog know that I am enthusiastic about spaced repetition software, such as Anki and Memrise, as a memory improvement technique.

In an interview with Mental Floss, Jeopardy Champion Arthur Chu describes his use of Anki:

“I used a program called Anki which uses a method called “spaced repetition.” It keeps track of where you’re doing well or poorly, and pushes you to study the flashcards you don’t know as well, until you develop an even knowledge base about a particular subject, and I just made flashcards for those specific things. I memorized all the world capitals, it wasn’t that hard once I had the flashcards and was using them every day. I memorized the US State Nicknames (they’re on Wikipedia), memorized the basic important facts about the 44 US Presidents.”

Here Chu describes his overall Jeopardy! strategy:

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Roger Craig explains Anki

1 Jul

Over at the Quantifies Self, Jeopardy champion Roger Craig describes Anki a spaced repetition flashcard program.

Anki is a powerful tool for committing large amounts of information to memory with very brief daily practice. I use Anki everyday and strongly recommend it.

Roger Craig – Spaced Repetition: A Cognitive QS Method for Knowledge Acquisition from Steven Dean on Vimeo.

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