Getting Started With Anki Flashcards (TYHTL guide 3)

Hi all!
Following on from my previous posts re: my website, I’ve just posted the third of the key ideas guides—Getting Started With Anki.

I’ve written this to be a Pareto Principle-style guide covering the essentials of getting started and the key things I wish I’d known since day one.

I think a solid system for learning is essential for any EA and is an extremely powerful way to increase your leverage in you career & life, so would highly recommend following the guide and giving it a go :)

Let me know what you think!


  • Anki is free for desktop & Android, $25 for iOS. I spend almost all of my Anki time on desktop.

  • It’s very easy to pick up but there are some key things to do and avoid.

  • Using anki is split into making and reviewing flashcards.

  • You can create multiple decks. I recommend having decks for topics, all nested under a master deck.

    • Interleaving.

    • Allows overall new cards per day to be set via master deck (bottleneck).

  • Cloze deletion is the best card type.

  • Number of cards per day.

  • Anki as a daily habit.

  • Tips for starting strong.

    • Make your flashcards in plain text document (!!!).

    • Don’t make “orphan” cards.

    • Master deck with subdecks.

    • Make it clear what card is about.

    • Recognise cards that won’t be memorable and make supporting cards.

    • 20 rules of formulating knowledge, key ones:

      • First, Understand.

      • Start with big picture & build on the basics.

      • Simplify.

      • Use mnemonic techniques.

      • Optimise wording.