Hope you’re well.
For me Anki is the best memorization system no matter what they say, it is superior to all existing study techniques because it combines active recall+space repetition, and it also has many functionalities.
However, and I think I will speak for many medical and health students (you know that there are thousands who use Anki), the system for adding new flashcards is complex for two reasons:
- You cannot change the order of the flashcards easily
- As students in the health area, we often have to read from different sources, and sometimes we have to add flashcards in the middle of existing ones. This cannot be done easily currently in Anki.
It is true that the objective of Space Repetition is to be able to study concepts from different approaches, mixing their order. However, in the health area, ideally the linear scheme of the information should be understood (which can be done perfectly in “added order”) and then it is possible to study it randomly to enhance memorization.
It is also true that it is said that to use Anki, you should have already studied the topic previously and then make flashcards in Anki. Personally I consider it counterintuitive, due to lack of time.
In this sense, my real suggestion (and I have seen that need in many of those who post here) is the following:
Currently Anki’s system for adding information is fine, but it would be perfect if:
1. In the browser, the order of the flashcards as created could be moved using a Drag and Drop system or similar.
2. In the browser, some extra flashcards could be inserted in the middle of two pre-existing cards using a button with the “+” sign or similar, and at the time of review, they appear in that specific order.
Currently the solution that Anki proposes is to use the “reposition” tool, but it is also counterintuitive to have to look for the due number of the flashcard from which I want to create new ones, then go to the end of the flashcards and look for the new ones created, and change the due number of these, and then update ► It is not very useful.
I have seen that many users have this same problem, and in view of this they have developed strategies such as:
- Import from CSV
- Import from Notion (via toggles) using https://2anki.net/
- Import from Obsidian using the Obsidian to Anki plugin
- Addon Duplicate and reorder
- Addon Remote deck: Anki collaboration using Google Docs
All strategies are the important need that Anki users have to be able to more easily enter and organize their flashcards, but each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and the vast majority fail to be unfriendly over time to do so.
If Anki had the two functionalities suggested above, it would be the perfect application!