Anki is an extremely useful tool for memorizing and internalizing information. I don’t want good advice and useful information to be a waste of my time. I want to internalize it as much as possible—make it a part of my brain!
One of the downsides with using a program like Anki is that you need to put the time and effort into making decks of material. I can help a bit with this by sharing the decks I’ve made.
See here for more details on Anki and spaced repetition software. Scroll down for my free Anki decks.
I Wrote a Guide!
I wrote on a detailed and practical guide for getting the most out of Anki. The guide includes over 120 pages of info from the basics to more advanced topics.
(You’ll notice there isn’t much here. This is mostly because I’ve kinda started over with Anki. I hope to write more about this as time allows!)
Archive (Quality warning!)
A bunch of my public decks are on the older side. Many of these were made with the first version of Anki and are (to be honest) pretty crappy. I haven’t used any of these in a very long time. Regardless, here they are, for the curious or confused.
How to Formulate Knowledge – This is a great place to start. Based on The 20 Rules of Formulating Knowledge. This is an extremely useful Anki meta-skill: how to best use and make Anki cards. Updated April 2012.
Quick Bayes Table – A simple deck of cards for internalizing conversions between percent, odds, and decibels of evidence. Based on The Quick Bayes Table created by farsan on Less Wrong. Updated July 2012.
The Major Mnemonic Memory System – Contains cards for the sounds associated with 0 through 9 as well as 100 pegs. I recommend making changes to the pegs if you have a preferred word. Updated April 2012.
Here are a few experimental decks I played around with. Feel free to try them out. Let me know if you find them useful, confusing, etc.
Get Motivated – This is an experimental deck for getting yourself motivated using the advice from The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel and my corresponding How to Get Motivated poster. See sample cards and info on how to use it here.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck – A deck based on Mindset by Carol Dweck. I recommend reading through my series of posts on mindsets first: here, here, here, and here. Updated April 2012.
How to Use Them
- Download and install Anki if you don’t have it yet.
- Download a deck from this page to your computer.
- In Anki, go to File > Import, put in whatever name you want, and select the downloaded file. (When this is done, you can delete the original file.)