Anki & Spaced Repetition

3 Rules for Getting Started

In this video we’re going to go over a handful of foundational principles that will help you get the most out of your practice.

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Rule #1 – Don’t try to memorize things that you don’t understand. 

Part of the reason that people love spaced repetition so much is because it makes learning more efficient. You don’t waste time on the things you don’t need to spend time on. 

Presumably the reason you’re doing this in the first place is because you want to be able to put something useful that you’ve learned into practice.

Our first rule is that you have to actually learn whatever it is that you’re trying to memorize. Certain things like numbers, dates, or lists, are fine and dandy, but the types of material that are best suited for spaced repetition are smaller pieces of larger concepts. 

This next part is essential: 

We want to commit knowledge to memory, not representations of knowledge. 

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