Anki & Spaced Repetition

A System for Collecting Information

So now that you know how it works, and what it looks like, you need to figure out which information you’ll store in your Spaced Repetition system and how you’ll get it in there.

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First, let’s figure out what kind of things we should save. It’s a pretty subjective thing, but I can share what I do and maybe it will get you thinking about what you might be able to do. 

The way I work is that I get really interested in certain things for fairly short periods of time. I’m the kind of person that can drive my friends nuts with my constant gear shifting. One week I’m really into stock options, and the next I’m learning about Magic the gathering. I rely on spaced repetition to keep these learned items in my mind. If I didn’t, I’d probably have very little to show for my time, as these interests lead to a lot of research and then go dormant for weeks or months at a time. 

I almost never blindly get interested in something… I’ve normally got a goal in mind. That makes it easy for me to identify pieces of information that I should save to Anki — which is normally anything that helps me complete that goal. 

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