We learn from books or other forms of media, we write down what we’ve learned(right?), we have revelations…
The tricky part is to not forget them. To do something with the information or to remember it and use it, when it’s relevant.
I am using Anki and Memory Palaces and the Feynman Technique to try and achieve that.
And I hope you have some tipps for me, if you are experienced.
So over the years I have collected hundreds of notes. Using Evernote and Scapple. (Highly recommend the latter. It’s like a digital whiteboard and very efficient with shortcuts)
Many of these notes have collected dust since I wrote them. I often don’t remember writing them at all.
Now simply reviewing the notes is just training my recognition.
On the other hand, I truly don’t have the time to convert all notes into Q&A pairs for Anki. (Even if we’re just talking about future notes.)
And just rereading a lesson is sometimes all that needs to be done.
Note, that I’m not studying for exams, I mostly just want to remember ideas.
In essence I want the right balance between just looking at past notes to think about them and keep them fresh.
As well as specific associations I can create via Anki, adhering to guidelines like the minimum information principle.
And broader questions that get me to think about the big picture.
To boil it down, I have the following formats, that need to be reviewed:
- text snippets and whole notes
- short Q&A pairs
- long Q&A Pairs where the answer is an explanation, that tests my understanding
But does it make sense to handle the review of all of these with Anki?
Anki is made for short Q&A pairs.
But I would like to simply open one (mobile) App, when I do my daily review. I don’t want to decide when to review something, I just want to be fed by an algorithm.
How would you use Anki to handle those different domains?
For the text snippets where I cant quickly come up with a way to convert it into one or more questions I could just have the answer empty.
For whole notes, I could paste the link to the note or ask a broad question like „What did I learn about user retention from Patrick“ and paste the note as an answer.
Similar with the „long Q&A pairs“.
(If you cringe while reading this, because you adhere to rules like these: http://super-memory.com/articles/20rules.htm
feel free to let me know.
Speaking of which, here is another post I made about one of those rules:
Critique on cloze deletion )
Would you use different decks with different review algorithms? Would you make other adjustments to Anki?
Or would you go about the problem in a completely different way?