Do you Spend Too Much Time Using Anki…But Not Enough on Actually Learning?

So you’ve discovered Anki, believed that it will help you reduce your study time, and help you remember anything you want.

But as it turns out, you still feel like there’s too much to learn and there’s too little time.

You get buried in mountains of due reviews…

You find it really hard to remember big ideas even after using Anki…

You feel that it’s taking you so much time to study because you feel like you have to make a card on every single detail…

You can’t remember long lists, even after using the Cloze Overlapper add-on…

You can’t understand new concepts at a reasonable speed…

And making flashcards take you a really long time.

Now, as someone who’s been in ALL situations back in 2018 and ended up at the top 0.2% of students nationwide in my Engineering Board Exams after a couple months….

I can be sure of one thing:

That is, if you’re experiencing at least 3 of the above right now, then at this moment, you’re probably feeling behind.

Worse, all of your peers finish a lot more material faster than you do — and they don’t even use Anki!

What the heck is going on?

Well, I’m here to show you why that’s the case for many people — that probably includes YOU.

Let me start this my telling you two brutal truths nobody else online will tell you:

Two “epiphanies,” as I call them.

Epiphany #1: Anki alone is NOT enough.

As you may know, it IS possible to learn anything faster with Anki. But, that is true if and only if you’re using it with respect to how your brain encodes information. (more on this later)

Of course, you’d think that “scientifically proven study hacks” would do that for you, but in practice? They won’t.

Which brings me to the next point…

Epiphany #2: Consuming more advice — “best” hacks/techniques/apps — won’t save you.

They have failure mechanisms built-in, no matter how much these ad-infested YouTube channels give you as “proof” that they work.

I want you to picture this in your mind:

Imagine seeing your best friend drowning in a middle of the pool…

He’s crying for help but there’s nobody else nearby who can swim except you.

As you swim toward your sunken friend’s bubbles, what do you think you’d do next?

Give him a glass of water?

Oh, please.

Of course, you’d take your friend out of the damn pool! (Uhm, right?)

But here’s the thing…

Why do we feel like we have to “drink more water” when we are the ones who’s “drowning” in information?

Heck, have you ever wondered why there’s SO MUCH free information out there yet only a few people seem to get real, permanent results?

You do?

Well, that’s the thing. The truth is that you do NOT need more advice.

You can Google all you want, go down multiple rabbit holes…

But at the end of the day, that’s like chugging margaritas while drowning in the middle of a 10-ft pool.

You need less information, not more.

So later in this page, I’m going to show you a foolproof alternative to all those problems so you can stop feeling the need to “follow 22 tips at the same time”, or get paralyzed thinking about “which is the best specific tactic to use to get the best results.”

Treat me as your lifeguard in this “Internet Advice Resort,” alright?

Let’s get started.

First…Anki alone is NOT enough!

If you’re still forgetting what you learned despite all the time you spent using Anki…

Then you have a much, much bigger problem.

And no — it’s not because you are a “slow learner” or because you have “limited memory”. Long-term memory is unlimited, short-term memory isn’t.

It’s for another entirely different reason.

Think about it this way:

If you’re using a boat to navigate an ocean, you’re bound to get eaten by 10-feet waves — YES, even if your boat already has the “best propeller” installed.

Similarly…

If the way you’re studying doesn’t work with how your brain encodes information, then you’re bound to forget what you learned — even if you use the “best memory hack”.

If the way you’re trying to be “productive” at studying doesn’t work with your psychology, then you’re bound to procrastinate or get overwhelmed — even if you use the “best productivity hack”.

Listen, you probably just wanted to look for best practices.

I get it — we’re not even taught these things at school!

They only tell us what to study but they don’t tell us how to study, let alone how to study effectively.

So yeah, it’s no wonder we end up:

Forgetting everything your professor literally discussed just a couple of minutes ago… (even though we nodded our heads a thousand times in class)

Getting bored of textbooks because we can’t understand them at a reasonable speed…

And getting buried under the mountains of materials you have to study…

What’s the common solution, then?

Watching “productivity hacks” on YouTube WHILE procrastinating.

Thinking that note-taking “techniques” or analog note-taking alone will improve your retention.

All of that ineffective crap.

But look — it’s only natural for everyone to find instant relief to their problems — that’s just how the human brain works.

And naturally, it’s also easy to feel like that the more “best hacks/techniques” we learn and the more “best apps” we download, the better results we’re going to get.

I call this the “Hacker’s Fallacy,” and it’s exactly the next problem we’re going to talk about.

Are you committing the ‘Hacker’s Fallacy’?

To make my point, imagine that you feel really sick — you’re burning hot, you can’t taste anything, you feel a lot of body pain, and you had to see a doctor immediately.

You don’t know what just hit you, so to be honest, you’re also anxious and sweating out of your mind.

As you go inside the doctor’s room—he didn’t even look at you—the doctor said:

“Try these top 10 painkillers to eliminate all kinds of sickness!”

Well, if I just had to guess…

You’d think that doctor is crazy, and you’d think you’ll never go there ever again, right?

Yet, when experience study and productivity problems, these are the exact kinds of people we go to for advice!

We go to these “YouTube experts” with hundreds of thousands of followers, and then take their “top 10 painkillers” AT FACE VALUE.

There wouldn’t be any problem with that, except these “painkillers” either:

  1. Only provide temporary solutions to your permanent problems; or
  2. Don’t consider the big picture and only take into account their effects in isolation

Ever tried an anti-procrastination advice (like the 5-second countdown BS) just to end up going back to your old habits of meme scrolling? (…and laughing using your nose??)

That’s problem #1.

Ever tried “studying before sleeping” or “eating dark chocolates before exams” just to forget what you learned — even though “scientists have shown it leads to bEtTer rEteNtiOn”?

That’s problem #2.

You see, these online “experts” who are giving you these “painkillers” are merely creating content to get views, clicks, shares.

Their goal isn’t to create content that solves your problems permanently. That would be the end of their business.

Now let me ask you…

What do you think is the type of content that gets the most clicks and shares?

Yup — “study tips”, “productivity hacks”, new apps and tools to use.

Basically, they’d create anything that will make you believe you can get results and SKIP doing the real work.

The silver bullet.

The magic pill.

That’s the content that works.

I’ve been in the content industry for 2 years and this is just the ugly truth they won’t ever tell you:

Their shallow metrics are their priority — NOT your results.

They know that people naturally love watching a 5 minute video and installing a “new best note taking tool” — because that’s a quick way to feel like you’ve accomplished something.

It gives you a good feeling…but ZERO results. (Sure enough, “new” and “best” seem to make us really hopeful.)

That way, you’ll be back for the next video or article about “10 hacks you NEED to do NOW to get X benefit FAST” or “This Note Taking/To-do List App is a Game Changer.”

Ultimately, the underlying goal isn’t really to help you, but to sell your attention to advertisers or get clicks to their sponsored links. (read: commoditize your attention)

Just to be clear, I’m not saying everyone who monetizes using ads are all a waste of time.

However, if they’re implicitly/explicitly making you believe that the “more hacks/tools/techniques you use, the more results you’ll get” — which I call the Hacker’s Fallacy — then that’s something I’d call out.

It’s not entirely their fault, though.

It’s the pressure to “get recommended” and “monetize” that pressures these creators to create garbage.

So, to help you avoid that, here’s a simple truth you need to realize AND apply to everything in your life.

You don’t need “more information” — you need better implementation!

Sure, information is 100% free online.

Google.

Reddit.

YouTube.

Quora.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Other blogs. You name it.

But information is just means to thinking, deciding, and acting better.

There’s a point where the only thing holding you back is better implementation.

Fact is, this is the point where most students are today — the point where they don’t need more information to get better results. 

You’re probably in this position, too.

And if you are, let me tell you about a better alternative to “finding more study hacks”.

A systematic way of studying.

If you don’t fix your broken system, then NOTHING else matters

By “systematic way,” I mean having a set of elements/actions that work together to achieve a specific goal.

Later, you’ll discover how I personally do it.

But why should you even bother?

Because of one simple fact: It does NOT matter how many “best tips/tools” you use or how much “methods” you know if they don’t work together to achieve your very specific goal!

Same goes with any kind of system in your life.

If your “family system” consisted of “top 10 kindest people,” but everyone had incompatible values, then that’s not going to end up being the “best family.”

If your car merely had the “best wheels, engine, seats, chassis, etc.,” but it results in poor handling, then that’s not going to end up as the “best car.”

That’s because of the first rule of system optimization…

Optimizing each element of the system individually is the best way to compromise the performance of the whole.

Read that multiple times. Drill it into your head. It’s super important these days.

Heck, why do you think rocket science is so hard?

Anyway…

Do you now see how that works?

Case in point: If you’re looking to remember what you learn, this means you need to use a process that works with your memory. Based on studies in memory psychology, you can do that by:

  • Having the encoding & storage process on point
  • Performing spaced retrieval
  • Increasing the levels of processing

(Fun fact: Many straight-A students unconsciously use the same principles to score high on exams)

If you’ve been reading my emails, then you already know the basic idea of this.

But more importantly…

This framework gives you the freedom to use ANY set of tools as long as your elements fit these criteria AND they work together to achieve a single goal.

Think of this as a design manual.

Sure, you can use your “best tips” and “best apps” — but it MUST meet your design criteria first and foremost.

Productivity is another story, but it’s equally important.

If you’re looking to counteract your urge to procrastinate, avoid overwhelm, and become more productive, this means:

  • Knowing the difference between doing the right things and doing things right
  • Eliminating ambiguity via a form of work organization (This is also achieved by creating hierarchy for commitments, big ‘projects’, and tasks)
  • Designing your “deep work chamber” — an environment that has only the right habit triggers; and
  • Using a project management system (not apps, system) that eliminate the Zeigarnik Effect, the main cause of stress while working

If you look at the most productive knowledge workers and most productive students, they have all of these in one way or another — whether they are consciously aware of it or not.

As long as you meet all these, you can learn productively EVEN IF you’re using a completely analog system. (i.e. pen and paper)

Are we on the same page now?

This is what I’m talking about when I say “your system has to work together.”

I’m sure you’ll agree that everything I’ve said so far is quite different from what “YouTube experts” out there teach, simply because there are no “hacks” right here — these are all principles.

And honestly, I don’t even think you have to be as “superhuman” as these YouTubers seem to be, in order to achieve great results for yourself.

You don’t need to follow “20 best tips to get X result fast.”

The truth is, you just have to create a decent system that aligns with your goals and tweak it to your liking as you go along — as long as you follow proven principles.

Principles outlive mere hacks and techniques.

You can use them over and over again for DECADES.

Again, using principles, it doesn’t matter what specific apps or tactics you use, as long as you meet them.

If you didn’t know already, these are the same things I put into my system to go from an average college student with failing grades

…to becoming one of the top 1% of passers (6 out of 2900+) in the national Engineering Board Exams last 2019.

I even use the same systems right now to maintain my life commitments, while studying only a few hours per week to maintain my Grad School scholarship.

Are my results perfect or ideal?

Nope — far from it.

My classmates get way higher grades than me, even though they’re also full-time professors and employees! (Why, you ask? Because I intentionally avoid submitting hard assignments that give low percentages…)

But, compare that to how I was back in College, then you’d say I’ve achieved great results so far.

And I know you can do the same, too.

After constantly iterating upon that same system I used, I’m excited to tell you that I’m now ready to teach it to YOU, so you can start acing your exams and get on the top 10% of your classes, too.

I call this the Lean Anki Study System.

Introducing…

Lean Anki Study System

The Only System That Helps Anki Learners Remember What They Study (Without Wasting Time)

I created the Lean Anki Study System (LASS) online course to solve all the problems I see in mainstream studying/productivity advice.

It’s for Anki learners who believe that using systems — rather than silly “top 10” hacks — is the key to studying smarter.

As a quick backstory…

I’ve been developing this system for almost 2 years now, and since applying Toyota’s Principles — which ultimate purpose is to eliminate waste — I ended up with a study system that teaches you how to:

  • Reliably remember what you study — even if you think you have limited memory (You don’t. Again, Long term memory is unlimited)
  • Know exactly where to start studying even if you’re under a huge backlog of materials; and possibly…
  • Join the top 10% of the class by studying smarter than the rest of them

Most importantly, you’re going to learn how to do all of these in the minimum amount of total time.

But look, I don’t wanna bullshit you here.

I’m not saying that you’re going to “study faster”, I’m saying that when you take action on this course, you’re going to eliminate what’s making you waste time in the long run:

  • Restudying an entire lecture instead of filling in the small gaps
  • Retaking an exam because you forgot important stuff when it matters
  • Retaking an entire subject because you always can’t bring yourself to sit for hours to study (Fun fact: You don’t always need to. Better decision making is key.)

Now here’s how the study workflow works at a high level: (Picture above)

  1. Manage and filter quality of inputs to increase quality of learning
  2. Deep processing using analytical reading to increase levels of processing and then using effective note-taking principles to consolidate ideas and build your mental infrastructure
  3. Formulating “big idea” questions for initial review
  4. Initial review for retaining the big picture
  5. Creating atomic, future-proof flashcards that test understanding, rather than completion ability, with the help of notes and “big idea” questions
  6. Consistent reviews powered by behavior design to encode important details into long-term memory
  7. Opportunistic reformulation of defects
  8. …and as a result of the whole system, you gain retention that helps everything in the previous stages

Before that, though, you’ll integrate this study workflow with the productivity system based Jim Benson’s Personal Kanban, which basic principles are:

  1. To visualize your work — so you can eliminate overwhelm and know specifically what task to do every time
  2. To limit work-in-progress by “pulling” tasks based on your throughput, rather than time, so you can accomplish the most essential tasks for the day and feel productive more often

My goal with this course isn’t just to help you study smarter, but to help you gain back control, and ultimately, the freedom to do other things that matter to you.

Let’s face it — studying isn’t everything! But then again, we can’t deny that we still have to do well at it, or else.

And that’s what I’m here for.

But of course, while elements of this system work best together, the system itself may or may not fit your personal needs.

Let’s talk about that…

This system is NOT for you if…

  • You’re looking for a “secret method” that doesn’t exist for free online
  • You want to learn a new language with the help of Anki, or you’re using the Fluent Forever method
  • You mainly want to use shared decks — perhaps you’re in medical school and you want to primarily use the shared decks available in Reddit forums
  • Your primary goal is to memorize facts/new words rather than learn concepts that have more structure
  • You don’t know how to use Anki (in that case, why are you even here? take my free Anki fundamentals course first!)
  • You’re a heavy skimmer who doesn’t take action
  • You only want a list of “top 10 scientific study hacks” instead of a system based on grounded scientific principles and models

If AT LEAST ONE of the bullets above fits you, (especially the bolded one) then this system is NOT for you, and I’m NOT the best guy who can help you with your goals. Otherwise…

This system is for you if…

  • You study hard but you always fail to make information stick
  • You’re struggling to become consistent in your Anki reviews — or even in your studying, in general, because you don’t know how to form a study habit, or you’re just always distracted (See Module 0: Lean Productivity System Overview)
  • You feel like you’re “overstudying” — your studying just takes too damn long because you can’t quickly understand what you read at a reasonable speed
  • You don’t know how to prioritize your learning, let alone have any idea of how to find what’s important from a textbook, so you always end up with a tall stack of Anki cards in an attempt to capture everything  (Hint: Don’t read everything — especially reactively. Do read strategically. See Module 1: How to Truly Read Faster)
  • You can’t remember the concepts in a logical manner — especially the “big picture” despite having a lot of knowledge from Anki
  • You don’t know where to start studying because of the sheer volume of materials you should learn for your exams
  • You don’t know how the most effective study techniques fit together in a single, coherent process

So, if you think my description fits you perfectly, read on…

“Why should I take a course from you?”

Hey, I’m Al Khan. So why the heck should you trust me?

3 years ago, I’ve started testing every learning and productivity advice I get from books, blogs, forums, scientific articles, and videos.

In the first 2 years, I was able to:

  • Relearn 5 years of Engineering in 5 months to prepare for my Electronics Engineering Board Exams (Of course, good mentors played their part, too.)
  • Rank #6 out of 2900+ students (top 0.2%) on the said exam
  • Study marketing, business, and psychology, write on my blog, and maintain my Grad School scholarship at the same time — with the help of my Productivity System

Others think I’m smart.

But they didn’t even know I hated college back then.

Back in college, I always forgot 80% of lectures as I stepped out of the classroom door. I crammed feverishly on exams, too.

What got me my results wasn’t dumb luck or intelligence — it was the way I thought about learning and the system that emerged from it.

As I practiced and reflected on that system, I’ve eliminated most of what doesn’t work and discovered why what worked worked in the first place.

That’s what I share in LASS.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I strongly believe that learners who are willing to put in the work DESERVE to get great results from their efforts.

Forget about hacks that work around the real problem.

The only way to achieve great results is by choosing to do the real, unattractive work.

What students say about the course

NOTE: Everything in here are unsolicited testimonials.

In the first release of the course, I’ve only had a few enrollees — but here’s what some of them has to say. Stelio is a double degree student in Dentistry and Med School. I imagined he wouldn’t have enough time to study, let alone read my course, because of his clinic duties. But here’s what he told me about a few weeks after taking the course: Yup, he still got the highest marks in his degree. I’m very proud of that guy, really. UPDATE: Stelio’s got awesome grades this year. Merry Christmas, indeed! Another one of the enrollees, Mazen, told me that “it will only be a matter of time for this course to be one of the best learning how to learn online courses ever.” Here’s Charlie, who told me how he’s been enjoying learning and implementing LASS:

Finally, here’s what the latest members say…

Of course, this course is just brand new — so these may not be the “thousands of testimonials” you’re used to.

But to take home the point, I made the course because I was getting pretty pissed off at mainstream advice.

Something needed to change, and these are the people who agreed with that.

On the other hand, even if you don’t buy the course, you’d find my free content useful, too — like how these others did…

 

What readers say about my free content

From emails…

From the comments section…

They’re not super extraordinary “testimonials”, but being able to help others in small ways — even just by providing them clarity or helping them get past a small roadblock — is already a great achievement for me.

Inside the course, you’ll learn…

  • The no. 1 reason it’s taking you a long time to comprehend new information
  • The no. 1 reason why you’re not learning better as a whole
  • The no. 1 reason why you’re not taking good notes (and why note-taking alone is NOT enough)
  • The no. 1 reason why you’re not creating good flashcards
  • The no. 1 reason why you can’t concentrate on the task at hand
  • How to actually make yourself do what you need to do — even if you think you’re lazy —by using “self-determination” instead of sheer willpower
  • How to set up a study workflow that makes it easy to remember what you learn even beyond your exams
  • How to speed up your reading speed WITHOUT speed reading, but by using a purposeful reading strategy
  • How to take notes that improve retention via levels of processing
  • How to learn productively without using a single productivity hack
  • Setting up your reading workflow and reading filters to increase quality of inputs
  • Setting up your formulation workflow to create atomic flashcards more easily using “cognitive scaffolds” — even if you’re studying conceptual subjects
  • …etc.

It’s worth noting that this course isn’t just a “cookie-cutter” set of lessons.

Rather, this course teaches you the main principles that tell you why the exact elements work so you can design it for your own complex needs.

In other words, this course not only gives you a made-for-you system, but also teaches you how create one that fits YOU.

That being said, I designed it to be as practical as possible so that you can just follow each instruction step-by-step and get the benefits.

Here’s everything you’ll get when you join the course

✅ The Written Core Modules (valued conservatively at $139) — NOT for skimmers

NOTE: LASS is 100% written, and it’s pretty short. Others make you pay half a mortgage for a tiny bit of the core module just to show you hours and hours of videos that don’t provide coherence. Not this one. I believe someone who pays for information should be given the SHORTEST PATH between where they are now, and where they want to be. And that’s why I designed this course to be easily digestible in a total of 2-4 hours. More hours of content will just derail you from seeing early progress. That being said, I want to be clear that this course is NOT designed to be skimmed. Anyway, here’s what you’ll get in the core module.

  • Introduction to the Course. Here you’ll learn the founding philosophies of the entire system which aims to change how you think about studying & productivity itself — this will help you avoid making bad decisions as you go along and use your own system. (Infinite Game, Compound Effect, Lean Thinking, Holistic Deep Work, What “Productivity” Really Means)
  • The Lean Anki Study System. Here you’ll discover where things go wrong in your studying, and highlights the “#1 reasons” behind your study problems: comprehension speed, learning quality, why you’re not taking good notes, and why your flashcards ‘don’t work’ — using systems thinking.
  • How to Work With Your Psychology to Develop Study Habits. This will help you study more consistently until your study habits run on autopilot — all without relying on willpower. I’ll also discuss how I created an “instant focus” trigger when I reviewed for my board exams.
  • How to use “Metamnemonic Cards” for Ultra-Fast Encoding. This lesson also covers when and how you should use memory techniques with Anki in a way that gets you the most benefits without the additional hassle. After this lesson, you’ll be able to remember even the most isolated facts in under a minute. (Also ties in with opportunistic reformulation)
  • The Project Management System That Allows You to Eliminate Overwhelm and Concentrate Better When Studying. This lesson covers why you should “visualize your work” and “limit work-in-progress (WIP)” to eliminate overwhelm when preparing for bigger exams — especially career exams.
  • How to Determine What’s Important To Study. This lesson covers an easy way to prioritize everything you need to study after you’ve laid them all out.
  • Execution Strategy: Using Kanban + Capture to Stay Productive During Your Reviews. This lesson will help you stay productive by “Pulling” instead of “Pushing” your tasks, as well as avoid internal distractions using “capturing” so you can stay stress-free while doing your reviews. This also ties with the productivity system lesson above.
  • How to Implement Opportunistic Reformulation for Continuous Memory Improvement. This lesson covers how you can effectively implement opportunistic reformulation to 1) eliminate/break down “defective” flashcards, and 2) better retain some hard-to-remember flashcards.
  • …etc.

UPDATE (02/07/2021): I’ve just uploaded an entirely new module for Anki learners who want to upgrade their flashcard formulation skills:

BONUS Module: Study system “upgrades” (valued conservatively at $47)

  • Using “Task Disassembling” In Trello To Remove Task Resistance. You may have already heard that you should “break down your tasks” if you’re procrastinating. But it’s not that simple. It has to be coherent with the bigger picture — in this lesson, you’ll learn how to do this specifically with your Trello-based productivity system. (But again, you can apply this to any productivity system as well.)
  • Remember Long Lists in Minutes Using “The Scaffolded Memory Palace Technique”. Many tutorials online teach the memory palace technique in a way that produces high levels of cognitive load. This lesson will show you how I was able to remember 48 sections of a Republic Act in under 30 minutes, and how you can do it too in the easiest way possible. Eventually, you’ll be able to remember even 100+ items as you get better at it. It’s NOT easy, but it freaking works.

Lastly, I’ll add the following lessons into the beta release of the course, but rest assured, when you enroll today, you’ll get instant access to these lessons when they get released:

  • (COMING SOON) Create 600+ Multiple Choice Questions in Under 1 Hour. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to turn your question bank into Anki flashcards without spending a lot of time typing each question. You’ll get access to the bulk import template I personally created for this purpose, so you can do it even if you don’t know HTML.
  • (COMING SOON) How to Create Bulk Uploads for Cloze Deletions. I don’t really recommend Bulk Uploads for Cloze Deletions, but this lesson will show you how you can do that. I’m including this in case you have a creative solution in mind.

Bulk import template for multiple choice questions

✅ Priority Access to my Inbox ($125/mo value)

This is actually a bit of an “early adopter” package — I’ll give you extra hand-holding because this is an early release of the course. You get priority access to me and get personalized advice through e-mail whenever you:

  • Get stuck during course implementation
  • If anything in the course is unclear
  • If you feel overwhelmed and need help with implementing the lessons; or
  • All of the above

I’ll add you to the “Important” list in my inbox so I can get back to you quickly.

I usually reply within 24 hours, but my guarantee is that you’ll receive my reply within 48 hours. (I sometimes get plenty of emails.) But hey, here’s a bit of good news.

You won’t be paying anything near $300 to get all of these.

This course is still at its early stages, I want to get it into as many of the right people as possible — so I’ve decided to give you lifetime access for a much lower price.

To be perfectly honest, my other goal here is to get lots of feedback and make this the very best course I can.

Unlike other influencer “courses” that compile a list of “best hacks” and then tell you “goodluck”…

…I want to make this a course that actually delivers the damn results WHILE expecting obstacles you’re going to face. (Heck, that’s the biggest advantage of a system.)

So when you sign up for the course right now before I update to the official release…

…you’ll get all of these for just $49.

Get Access to the Alpha Release Today

The course is still in the alpha version, and I’m planning to launch the beta version this early- to mid-2021. Which is to say that the price will go up after that.

But, when you join today, you get both the course as well as lifetime access to updates. Lifetime investment is $49.

✅ ​Stop forgetting important information when it matters most

Know exactly where to start — even if you have a huge syllabus

Stop procrastinating and form robust study habits without relying on motivation/willpower

✅ Gain confidence even on big, cumulative exams

Overall Value: $309

Alpha Version Price: $49 Only (w/ lifetime access to ongoing updates)

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(That’s just $0.47 per day for a semester for a $309+ value.)

You’ll get ALL lifetime updates for free, and you can always get support from me whenever you feel stuck.

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NOTE: This course needs active implementation and heavy reading. If you’re looking to skim the course looking for a “quick-fix” solution to cram for your exams in a few days, PLEASE DO NOT BUY. I don’t want you to buy a course when the timing isn’t right for you. Besides, you’re going to get turned off by the hard mental processes this course teaches you to do.

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If you don’t love Lean Anki Study System after 30 days, I will happily refund 100% of your purchase. No questions asked.Satisfaction Label, Guarantee Label, 100 Satisfaction

Let me tell you why I offer this guarantee to you.

First – study systems just work, period. Having the right sequence and the right mental processes make it exponentially powerful over random tactics.

I’ve used it personally to go from a failing student to one of the top students in the country.

My students have used it to get A’s in their subjects, sometimes along with clinical work in a double degree.

And I use it until today (using different tools) because it helps me stay on top of my Grad School subjects and in writing content at the same time.

So, I am sure it will work the same for you too.

Second – part of our core beliefs here is that we put your results first – ALWAYS – and we fight for your success.

When you have questions, I give detailed answers that either help you understand the problem or solve it at the root cause.

If you feel stuck implementing, you get help.

So overall, it’s simple: join Lean Anki Study System, implement the lessons, and if you’re not liking the results you’re getting, you can either get help, or just email me to refund 100% of your purchase.

I’ll even eat the Credit Card/Paypal processing fees.

And look, the course is concise enough to be read within a few days, so that’s enough time for you to read the course MULTIPLE TIMES, implement the entire system, and benefit from it.

If you still don’t love the content and the clarity you get after that, again, just email me for a refund and you’ll get your money back.

You don’t even have to give any reason at all. So there’s zero risk in joining. 🙂

Your Questions Answered

Why LASS, instead of others?

LASS is the only course that combines common sense, science (that’s based on real-world data, not controlled BS) and experience to create a system that helps Anki learners reduce their total study time.

You’ll find zero ineffective speed-reading BS that focuses on “finishing books” rather than actually understanding them.

No silly productivity “hacks” that focuses on maximum “efficiency” tactics while losing out on what actually matters.

“Only this few content at that price?”

Yes — and that’s by design.

I believe people who pay for information shouldn’t be spending hour upon hour on fluff videos and “best tips” compilations.

People who invest money SHOULD save time by GETTING RESULTS FASTER than those who only rely on free information — meaning, they should get the best information they need to get from point A to point B as fast as they can.

I don’t know about your investing philosophy, but mine is to pay for speed and permanence — that’s what I had in mind when I created this product.

I want you to avoid the guesswork and just focus on implementing the best stuff I learned both from my research and experience.

I wanted you to learn not only the “how”, but also the principles — the why — behind what I do so you can use what you’ve learned in the course for life.

Even after you’ve finished your exams…

Even after you’ve already finished college…

Even after you’ve gotten your first job or started your new business…

…simply because learning never stops.

“I probably wouldn’t learn anything new.”

Why, of course. Any principle that’s been proven to work isn’t something “new”…and this course is based on principles.

That being said, you’ll find that almost everything here is fresh info, because let’s face it: who in the world has the exact combined experience and insights as me and my students?

You’ll discover a lot of new techniques, too, so that you can save time and execute the principles I teach almost in a “take you by the hand” fashion…

But listen, the goal is NOT “new” — the goal is “results”.

I didn’t create this course to “ride the hype.” Rather, I created this to give you a transformation:

  • From forgetful to exam-confident
  • From behind the class to on top of it
  • From not understanding anything to making more original insights

And, let me tell you one thing:

Principles rarely, if at all, change — even in different situations. Tactics often do.

If someone’s offering you an entirely “new” way to learn, or some kind of “new discovery” then it’s one of these two things:

  1. It’s a small-time tactic based on old principles and models, but with a different name; or
  2. It’s total bullshit.

That being said, I’m largely unconventional and I mostly question everything that’s “famous”, so I bet you’re gonna see ‘new’ things in the course, anyway.

But let me emphasize:

The focus of this course is NOT on “giving you something new”, and especially NOT on giving you “new interesting ideas to talk about”, or “shiny objects” to download.

The focus is on helping you create a system that allows you to study smarter as an Anki learner.

“Isn’t everything available for free online?”

Yes — and that’s actually a valid option! I’m 100% transparent with that. I realize that you’ve probably learned a lot of information yourself before coming here, and more importantly…

…I don’t claim to have the “secret methods” because after doing this for so long, it really doesn’t feel anything close to a “secret”.

Truth is, NO ONE has been hiding the “secrets” from you.

And that’s the exact problem.

Online creators have been crazy to share everything online that you’d need gargantuan effort to figure out which combinations are guaranteed to work.

So, let me ask you the more important question…

Do you really have the time to filter through all of the garbage by yourself?

If you do have the time and you’re willing to invest in the same books I’ve read…

If you have the time to filter the low-quality scientific publications — the methods, the conclusions, synthesize them in a Zettelkasten for a coherent understanding…

If you have the time to test what you’ve learned via the natural process of trial and error…

Then by all means you can close this page right now to trade your time for results.

That’s a totally viable option.

You’ll have your own opinion that way. (However, it costs at least 2X more than the course if you’re on Kindle, and 6X if you’re going to go for paperback versions — and that doesn’t include the time cost…)

Or, you can take out the guesswork and learn it from someone who has already done the work.

That way, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on buying the books…

Taking notes from different books…

Going through rabbitholes of subreddits to find “internet gems”…

Or sifting through YouTube clickbait…

And best of all, you save the hassle of filtering what works and what doesn’t.

The Good News and The Bad News…

The good news is there’s NO countdown timers for the course, simply because I hate product launches and fake scarcity — I really do.

BUT one thing you have to realize is this: The clock is ticking — whether you like it or not.

Whether it’s about investing time in the free stuff I (or others) have put out…

Or investing money in this offer I’m giving you right now…

It’s up to you to make the best decision.

As the Stoic philosopher, Seneca, says,

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.”

If your exams are coming in a few months, and you still have ZERO confidence in your current study system, you might want to give this a try so you can start compounding your knowledge and gain momentum earlier.

There’s literally no risk in doing so — after all, you can try it for a full 30 days and get your money back if you feel like I’m wasting your time.

Get Access to the Alpha Release Today

Build your own study system this week, so you can predictably retain whatever subjects you care about and get the grades you’re proud of.

If you get stuck, I’ll personally be there to help you.

Again, LIFETIME investment is $49. Just imagine the long-term value you get for so little in spending. (Hint: It’s way more than $309)

If you don’t like it, then you can just email me and tell me that you want your money back within 30 days. And you don’t have to give any reason at all.

So you’re literally risking nothing by joining LASS. All the risk is on me.

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Again, that’s just $0.47 per day for a semester; You’ll get ALL lifetime updates for free, and you can always get support from me whenever you feel stuck.

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If you have any questions or concerns about the course, just email me at [email protected]. I’ll be happy to answer them.

Thanks, and I hope I get to be part of your success story soon!

To smarter studying,
Al Khan