Anki is great, but two problems are

1 – 248 repetitions for today !@#$%%R@! (= too many repetitions build up)

2 – mm, mm, mm, mm (= people do the cards passively without speaking)

To manage, these problems…

a – Delete, Delete, Delete if…

i – a card is difficult

ii – the idea not clear

iii – the structure is not useful

iv – it is VERY easy. NOTE: even if it is easy passively, is it easy actively (See below)

aim to delete between 20% to 50% of your cards:

This will save you time and effort!

b – regular, it’s every day !!

if you do anki during the day in little bits, it’s easier. Do it when waiting for friends, do it when standing in a line, do it before a meeting starts, do it on the bus

do NOT take a one week break. Take it with you on holiday

c – Active or passive structures?

If you want to learn a word passively (it’s a bit difficult, or it’s not THAT useful etc), then do anki normally

If you want to learn a word actively then there are 4 levels:

—— mechanical levels (1/2)

active level 1 = repeat the answer OUT LOUD

active level 2 = repeat the WHOLE structure the answer is in (without reading)

—– flexible levels (3/4)

active level 3 = change the WHOLE structure so it is true for your life

active level 4 = COMBINE the structure with another structure you did in anki recently

Obviously it takes time and effort to do the “flexible” levels. So, if you’re tired or there are a lot of repetitions or you don’t have an idea, then do “active level 1 / 2”. If you have an idea for the card / you have more energy do active level 3 /4. If you’re on the bus and can’t speak out loud, then do them passively. Don’t forget to delete if necessary 🙂