NOTE: I don’t own Anki nor did I develop it — all rights belong to Damien Elmes and his team. My goal here is to share my experience to others interested in integrating Anki into their study strategy.
Step 1. Do you have an upcoming exam but you really need to cram?
If that’s the case, then my fundamentals course probably isn’t the best place to start.
The best place to start is in the free post I made, 9 Steps to Effective Cramming with Anki — which you can read here.
That 9-step guide will take you from “not knowing anything about your course” to scoring decent on your next exam. Don’t expect too much, though. After all, it’s supposed to be a last resort.
So, if you have an upcoming deadline and you want to retain a lot in a short period of time, then make sure you read the guide first before you go anywhere near the free courses below.
Step 2. Take the Anki Fundamentals Series
If you don’t know how to really use Anki very well yet, then you can start the overview here. That link will take you to my free blog series, Anki Fundamentals — don’t worry, there’s no signup required for that. It’s a course for everyone.
These are all I can give you for now, but there are more free courses coming soon!
Or, you can navigate through these links:
- Overview Post:
- Useful articles if you’re not satisfied with the basics:
Step 3. Get the Free Advanced Anki Training PDF
It’s “Advanced Anki Training” but really, it’s not just about Anki — it’s about how you can learn better as an Anki learner.
I originally sent this only to 126 selected private newsletter subscribers, and I honestly thought they weren’t going to like it that much.
It was kind of a litmus test, so to speak.
Know what happened?
I was shocked by how “rare” this training seemed to them.
Here’s what one subscriber told me about it:
All I did was reveal the same process I used to rank high on my board exams, specifically:
How you can avoid forgetting important stuff when it matters most…
How you can stay consistent in studying for real — without using motivation hacks or similar crap…
How to actually read faster WITHOUT the “speed reading” BS…
How to take useful notes by avoiding to take complete notes…
…implemented in a way that works with Anki.
If you’re interested in that, make sure to download it ASAP before I bring it down.
UPDATE: I’m currently updating the guide to make it more actionable.
In the meantime, you can read the other mini-series, Using Anki Efficiently.
Checked the boxes already?
Everything above may seem overwhelming, I know — they are a LOT.
But do take your time and consume them in the sequence I recommend. It’s worth it.
Why? Because let’s face it…there’s a problem with common study advice.
Most study advice online just miss the point.
They’re too focused on “studying faster” instead of “eliminating the unimportant.”
It’s no wonder why you see:
- People procrastinating while watching productivity videos.
- People doing Pomodoro Techniques and productivity tools but not getting anything done.
- Students who do a gazillion note-taking methods but don’t remember their notes; And worst of all,
- People using Anki without remembering what they learn.
Now here are the facts…
Using the pomodoro technique without knowing the right things you should be doing only makes you “10X more” counterproductive.
Using “gamechanging tools that will change your life” without having a working productivity system only leads to unnecessary complexity.
And let me ask you a question…
What do you think is the purpose of note-taking?
Is it to capture important information? To remember what you wrote?
The answer is neither.
These facts are why you should ask better questions…
So how do you take notes effectively from lectures? What does effective note taking even mean?
How do you approach reading your textbooks? How do you determine what’s important?
How do you make effective, memorable Anki flashcards from your lecture slides — let alone textbooks?
How do you create questions that don’t make you just “recognize your notes”? How do you really know whether you’ve understood something before putting them into Anki?
And most importantly…
How do you create a repeatable process for retaining material in the long-term?
I share all that in my paid course, Lean Anki Study System.
Inside, you’ll get a roadmap that helps you organize, understand, and remember even multiple subjects with Anki — without the stupid B.S. study tactics you see on YouTube.
If all of these resonate with you, I invite you to learn more about Lean Anki Study System by clicking the red button down below.
Otherwise, you can check out the Resource Page and the Blog
If you haven’t already, you can check out some of the useful links I’ve put together for you in my resource page.
I don’t post a lot because I mainly work in my Zettelkasten, but some of my old posts are here.