- Hey guys, it's Mike and Matty.
So today we're comparing Anki versus Quizlet.
They each have their unique strengths.
So we're gonna help you decide
which one is the best fit for you.
- But stick around because we're super excited
to be sharing a new app
that we've recently found
and it might be actually better
than both Anki and Quizlet.
- So based on our experiences
studying in college
and medical school,
we have identified three criteria
that we like to use
to assess how good a flashcard app really is,
how effective they are for studying,
how good the workflow is
and how accessible the app is.
So first we'll briefly talk about
what the apps are meant for,
then we'll do a direct comparison
based on our three criteria
followed by our overall thoughts
and which one we would recommend
for you given your circumstances.
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- Anki and Quizlet are both digital flashcard apps.
They're powerful learning tools
that use active recall to study
instead of passive methods
like rereading or highlighting,
and they're superior over handwritten flashcards
because well, you don't have
to carry around a thousand flashcards
or if you're like me,
drop a 1000 flashcards.
So let's talk about effectiveness for studying.
This is the most important criteria
of the three because no matter
how easy an app is to use
or how accessible it is,
if it doesn't help you learn
and get good grades,
then what's the point?
In Quizlet, you have the option
to study in multiple ways.
You can simply do flashcards
or you can choose the Learn,
Write or Test functions
and these will auto-generate,
fill in the blank
or multiple choice questions for you
based on your own flashcards,
which is awesome.
You basically simulating a test.
The spell function is also great
if you're trying to learn languages
'cause it forces you to write out
and spell your flashcards themselves.
And depending on the results
from any of these study methods,
Quizlet gives you feedback
on what you answered so you can analyze
what you know well
and what you don't know well.
In addition to these functions,
you can also play games.
Adding some fun into studying.
Anything that increases
your chances of studying
or your enjoyment during studying
is a definite plus
because you'll wanna do it more.
So I think that's a really cool feature.
Anki lacks the fun incentives
and auto-generated tests that Quizlet has.
However, it has a feature
that in our opinions
is far superior, spaced repetition.
Spaced repetition helps you learn
and retain information for the longterm.
For flashcards you know well
you can study them less often
and for the ones that you struggle with,
you see them more often
and you can customize the spacing
to your own liking.
Quizlet used to have spaced repetition as well
and they called it Longterm Learning,
but you only got that feature
if you paid for premium.
But as of March, 2020,
it appears that they also suspended that feature
so it doesn't exist anymore.
Also something else to mention
is that Anki allows you to add audio
and images to your cards
and even blur out parts of the images
for you to practice.
It's called an Image Occlusion.
Quizlet offers this function too,
but you need to pay
for the premium version.
- So the next category is workflow.
And by workflow we mean
how easy is the app to use?
how good is the interface?
how quickly can you make cards?
and how efficient does
this app make your studying?
So Quizlet, has a more attractive interface.
It just does.
You can create an avatar.
They're nice colors.
It's easy to navigate tabs and pictures.
You can generate folders
and put different card decks
inside of them for organization.
You can study either entire folders
or individual decks.
In terms of efficiency of making cards,
Quizlet has a limited amount of hot keys,
but to compensate,
it has the import feature,
which is very useful.
So basically you can copy
and paste notes from Word,
Google Docs or wherever,
into this box
and it will automatically
make flashcards for you depending
on how you set the flashcards
to be broken down.
So if you type your notes
or wanna copy
an entire dictionary into flashcards,
then it can take a matter of seconds.
Quizlet also has collaborative features
which Anki lacks.
You can create
or join classrooms with other users
and even shared decks
in which you both add cards.
On the other hand,
Anki looks like it's
a beta testing version
of an app from the nineties,
but looks can be deceiving
because despite its vintage look
Ankis is super efficient.
If you master the hotkeys on Anki,
you can navigate through the app
without ever leaving your keyboard.
And this includes studying,
adding, editing, organizing
and searching through your cards.
And on top of that,
Ankis search function is superior
because you can browse through any
or all of your decks
for specific terms
you may have written
for quick information.
In terms of organization,
Anki really appeals to creative customization.
You can make decks
and subdecks within,
you can study any combination
of decks you wish.
You can choose from
many different kinds of flashcards.
And you can download ad-ons
which are constantly being added
to further customize your learning
and user experience.
- Alright, so onto the last category,
which is accessibility.
And by accessibility
I mean how easy is it
to access from anywhere
or from any device
and how much is it gonna cost you?
So let's start off with Quizlet.
Quizlet is free to use,
but in order to reap the full benefits
and features of Quizlet,
you have to upgrade to a go
or plus membership.
And we'll put the prices on the screen here.
So with a go
or plus membership,
you can study offline
and you can study ad-free
along with a lot of
other cool features as well.
But if you're sticking
with the free version,
then Quizlets accessibility
is limited to internet access.
However, Quizlets is accessible
from any device through a browser.
So let's say that
you were at the library
and your phone
or your laptop died,
you forgot to bring your charger.
Instead of going home,
you could simply hop on a computer,
go on the browser
and continue studying.
So Anki is a free app to use
on all devices except for iOS users.
iPhone and iPad users
will have to fork up $25 to get the app,
but it's a onetime payment
compared to Quizzlet subscription plan,
which can add up to be more costly than Anki
if you plan on studying with flashcards
for longer than a year
or over time.
Additionally, Anki can be used offline.
However, if you want your spaced repetition stats
to sync across all your devices,
then you'll need to have internet
available at some point.
Unlike Quizlet though,
Anki can't get accessed
through a browser
and you have to download the program to use it.
So that library example
that I mentioned earlier
probably wouldn't work
unless you just downloaded Anki
on the computer there too.
- So for us,
Anki is the clear winner for now,
just because of spaced repetition alone.
When it comes to studying for medicine,
we need a tool
that helps us retain knowledge for the longterm
and we just aren't sure
if Quizlet is gonna
be bringing this feature back.
So that's us.
But which one's right for you?
Well, Quizzlet is geared
towards collaborative learning.
It thrives on the internet
and many teachers have adapted
to the classroom
and Quizlet offers
a better learning experience
with different games
and Quizlet Live which can
make it fun to learn.
On the other hand,
Anki is more about learning potential.
It's written on open source,
so it also has a community
that constantly makes ad-ons
and plugins for the app.
But overall it is a tool
you generally use offline.
It's more geared towards solo use
and allows you to customize
and build your own relationship with studying.
So those are the general thoughts.
But as we mentioned earlier,
there may be a new app
that could potentially be better
than both Anki and Quizlet.
Recently we've been using Remnote,
which is kinda like a combination
of Notion and Anki.
It's the first spaced repetition
powered note taking tool we've ever seen.
The problem with flashcard apps
is that all the cards
are standalone pieces of information
and sometimes can be difficult
to learn if taken out of context.
But Remnote allows you
to organize your flashcards
and structure the information,
exactly how you think about it.
It's still in its baby stages
and we still need to get through
the learning curve ourselves.
So definitely subscribe to our channel
because we'll be making more videos
on how you can best use
this awesome new program.
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