This might seem like a weird request as it is the most basic and simple function of a flashcard program. Sure, if you have 9999 cards and you just want to “keep it up” over a long time to make sure that you dont forget anything then the anki way is great, but if you have 300 cards and a huge test on monday and your plan for the weekend is just to go through the entire deck as many times as possible then it sucks when anki suggests you to review 20 cards a day.
I am really surprised that there are multiple (and fairly difficult to understand) options in custom study like “increase todays new card limit”, “review ahead”, “review forgotten cards” etc, but lacking the simplest option of them all: “STUDY ALL CARDS IN THE DECK”.
I have figured out how to do it on the mobile version of Anki that has the “study a random selection of cards” option, but there is not any such option on the pc version…and my question is just WHY?
Some of you may say that “studying too many cards will overwhelm you” etc, but please people, everyone is different and for me it works great to study that many cards in one setting. No matter what anyone says, REPETITION is the best way of learning and that is repetition of ALL cards. The more times I repeat any single card, the higher my chance is of learning and remembering the information on that card.
I dont want to get into a discussion about the best way of studying and learning and how memory works etc because I am sure that there are people here that knows a lot more about it than me, I just would like the Anki team to please please please add the “study all cards” option.
All the friends I have introduced Anki to have all asked me how to do this and most of them stop using Anki because its so complicated to do very simple things. Its awesome that you have so many ways of customizing your study sessions but I can bet any amount of money that there are a lot more people that would find the option “study all cards” way more useful than “preview new cards” or any of the other customization options currently available.