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by Alec Palmerton, MD in Uncategorized

Anki has completely changed the way I approach studying for medicine.  However, there are so many little nuances in how to use it, so I thought I’d share a tip on how to make your reviews show up at the time that you are more likely to do them.  Here is a question I got recently from a student who recently started out using Anki:

 

Hey Dr. Palmerton,

I hope you are doing well!

Quick question. My new/review cards for the following day won’t show up until around 10AM. How do I set it for 6AM? It’s kind of a pain, I prefer to get them done first thing. I find it takes me much longer to get through if I do them in the evening.

Thanks!

If you have a Mac, first go to the top left of the screen, and click the “Anki” menu, and select “Preference”:

Then, where it says “Next day starts at…” change it to whatever time you want to start reviews at.

 

For example, let’s say you wake up at 5AM, and want to start studying at 5:30AM, but currently your reviews for the day don’t show up until 9AM, you would change “Next day starts at” to 4 hours, as opposed to, say, 9 hours.

I’m experimenting with shorter, “how-to” type of articles, for all of the nuts-and-bolts type questions I get about how to use Anki.  If you like this (or if you don’t), please let us know in the comments!

9 Comments
    1. Yousmle says:

      You’re welcome!

  1. Bharat Rawlley says:

    Thank you!

  2. sarah says:

    Hi Alec,I hope be well,I have a question about ankimobile that has different setting than anki in computers ,how can i change deck name in [ankimobile],and how can change next review time in it,i really need help you,tnx

    1. Yousmle says:

      I honestly am not sure how to change the name of the deck on AnkiMobile, as I’ve only been able to do it on the desktop version.

  3. ss says:

    Hi Alec, I’ve taken step 1 3 times already and I’m preparing to take it again soon in two months time. i just purchased the anki flash cards. How do you suggest i go about studying? Thank you

    1. Yousmle says:

      Fantastic question. The biggest thing I would suggest is to focus more on trying to understand disease processes rather than having a set number of pages in a particular book that you want to read. For example, most students typically focus on learning everything in a particular book, then moving on to another. Instead, I would focus on learning the disease process, and using whatever resources you have available to do that. That way you can structure your day in a more predictable manner, focusing on learning a particular number of diseases or topics during the day, rather than trying to read some predetermined number of pages.

  4. sarah says:

    Hi Alec
    I have one importent question, I use Anki mobile on my ipad that has different setting than computer, I have same problem to set time of anki show up for review ,but your explain isn’t useful for ankimobile,can you help me Alec?
    Thanks

    1. Yousmle says:

      Thank you for your question. If I understand you correctly, you’re asking about settings for the Anki mobile app? If so, you can set the number of reviews you want to do, as well as a number of new cards in the settings for the application. It also should sync with the desktop app if you’re using that as well.

      Hope this helps!

      Alec

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