What is Anki? Anki is an enhanced digital flashcards program or app for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Anki is based on so-called ‘spaced repetition’ which is an ingenious method of employing an algorithm to move new words from short-time to long-time memory.
Is Anki really effective? I’ve been using Anki for many years to improve my vocabulary in foreign languages and I can vouch for its effectiveness. Anki is also commonly used by many serious language learners. It has been overwhelmingly praised by the polyglot community online. Its popularity seems to be growing among students learning English as a second language. There is also a strong scientific evidence behind its main principle, namely, spaced repetition.
- Free (except for iOS version)
- Free language databases available
e.g. (Advanced English, IELTS, academic vocabulary)
- Good for remembering facts for exams and tests
- An established software
- Requires strong motivation and discipline
- A learning curve involved to use Anki effectively
- Learning words without context might not be the best idea, quality of ‘decks’ matter
- Some students find it boring and repetitive
To sum up, if you want to improve your English vocabulary for IELTS or academic langauge, Anki makes remembering things easy.