How to use Anki


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  • So I wanted to start off presenting how I perceive studying in med school. This is a slide of the arm with the parts labeled. On the first day you learn it, you remember everything.
  • But after a day you start to forget some things.
  • And then you forget more.
  • And by the third day you barely remember anything, which is why reviewing is so important.
  • And for me, that’s why SI tutoring was so helpful. We’d meet at the end of the week and go through quizzes and practice questions to review the material that we had covered the past week. And for me this style of active learning was very helpful so I wanted to incorporate it into my daily studying more. So I tried different things like flash cards or practice quizzes, but with flash cards it became overwhelming to do the cards because there were too many to do every day, and with the practice quizzes, they were helpful for test week studying, but not as much throughout the year because there just weren’t enough of them.
  • So Nick and I independently came to this studying method called spaced repetition, and this is a graph explaining it. The y axis represents probability that you’ll remember something, and the x axis represents time. If you look at the blue, when you first memorize something you’ll remember it 100%, but if you follow this blue line, which is the projected forgetting curve, you see there’s a steep slope and you rapidly forget the fact. This is why we need to review via Si tutoring, practice quizzes, group studying, or whatever. And then, after the first reminder, if you follow the red line you can see the slope isn’t quite as steep, which means you’ll have a higher probability of remembering for a longer time. So the idea is that with every subsequent reminder, it’s better engrained in your memory, and you have a better probability of remembering it. The idea behind spaced repetition is that there are algorithms that can predict how likely you are to remember something based on how hard it was for you to recall. So if you’re trying to memorize something simple like the deltoid, you might memorize once and not need another reminder for weeks, whereas something like the basilic vein, you might need lots of reminders.
  • How to use Anki

    1. 1. Learning in Medical School A Primer on Spaced Repetition By Nick Honko and Ken Noguchi
    2. 2. • Intro to spaced repetition studying • Follow-up workshop next week
    3. 3. Studying in med school d0
    4. 4. Studying in med school d1
    5. 5. Studying in med school d2
    6. 6. Studying in med school d3
    7. 7. What is SI tutoring? • Review • Going through questions • Active learning • Flash cards = too much • Practice quizzes = not enough
    8. 8. Spaced Repetition
    9. 9. d0 Spaced RepetitionDaily Review
    10. 10. d1 Spaced RepetitionDaily Review
    11. 11. d2 Spaced RepetitionDaily Review
    12. 12. Spaced RepetitionDaily Review
    13. 13. Spaced Repetition - Anki
    14. 14. • • Presentation will be uploaded to facebook group – Includes brief instructions • Follow-up workshop next week – Please email
    15. 15. 1. Basic of how to use Anki 1. Downloading 2. Adding cards 3. Studying 2. FAQ’s – the intricacies to Anki
    16. 16. Basics – Downloading Anki
    17. 17. Google anki
    18. 18. Click on “Anki – powerful, intelligent flashcards”
    19. 19. Click “Download”
    20. 20. Click “Download Anki for Mac”
    21. 21. Click on the downloaded file
    22. 22. A file should show up on the desktop
    23. 23. • Now you have the software downloaded • Congrats! • Next, adding cards
    24. 24. Regoogleanki
    25. 25. Click on “Anki – friendly intelligent flashcards”
    26. 26. Sign up for an account
    27. 27. The easiest sign up ever
    28. 28. Click on the tab “Decks”
    29. 29. Scroll down to green button “Get Shared Decks”
    30. 30. Search “musc m1”
    31. 31. Click“Info” for MUSC M1 First Aid Material
    32. 32. Scroll down and click green button “Download”
    33. 33. Studying - Go back to desktop Anki, click on “first aid”
    34. 34. Click “Study Now”
    35. 35. Answer the question in your head, and click “Show Answer”
    36. 36. Rate the answer “Again,” “Good,” or “Easy”
    37. 37. Rate the answer “Again,” “Good,” or “Easy” • Depending on the rating, the card will reappear at a different time interval
    38. 38. Rate the answer “Again,” “Good,” or “Easy” • Depending on previous ratings, the time intervals can also differ
    39. 39. FAQs 1. What if I see a card I haven’t learned yet? Can I put it off until later? 2. How many should I do each day? 3. If you do them on your phone and computer can you sync them? 4. How do I add my own cards? 5. Can I use images?
    40. 40. 1. What if I see a card I don’t want to answer? • Click on “More” in the lower right corner • Hit “Suspend Card” • The card will be hidden until you are ready to unsuspend it
    41. 41. 1. How do I unsuspend a card? • Click “Browse”
    42. 42. 1. How do I unsuspend a card? • Look at the left side column with the different categories of cards • Click “Suspended”
    43. 43. 1. How do I unsuspend a card? • Select cards that you want to unsuspend • Click “suspend”
    44. 44. 2. How many should I do per day? • Depends how many cards you have, and how much time you have. • About 20-40 new cards per day is reasonable.
    45. 45. 2. How many should I do per day?
    46. 46. 3. Can I sync from multiple devices?
    47. 47. 4. How do I add my own cards? • Go back to the main screen • Create Deck
    48. 48. 4. How do I add my own cards? • Title your deck
    49. 49. 4. How do I add my own cards? • The deck will show up on the main screen • Open it
    50. 50. 4. How do I add my own cards? • Start adding cards by clicking on “Add”
    51. 51. 4. How do I add my own cards? • Fill in the “Front” and “Back” boxes • These represent, respectively, the question and answer
    52. 52. 4. How do I add my own cards? • Hit Add
    53. 53. 5. How do I add images? • Click on the paperclip attachment button
    54. 54. 5. How do I add images? • Choose the image you want
    55. 55. 5. How do I add images? • :)