ANKI VS QUIZLET (or is there something better...)

- 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.

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- 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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