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How to Force Anki to Review Particular Cards Without Waiting for Them to Show Up

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by Alec Palmerton, MD in Uncategorized

Anki can be frustrating at times. For example, what if you just made a card and want to study it immediately? Or what if you have a pre-made Anki deck like the Yousmle.com Step 1 cards, and want to study a specific cardiology card? How can you force Anki to show you a particular card, without having to review all of the cards ahead of it in the queue?

How to Change the Due Date on Anki Cards: Use This to Add Specific Anki Cards to Your Reviews (Even If They’re Not Scheduled to Show Up Yet)

To start, first go to the “Browse” menu option.

Anki Cards Browse

Next, select the card or cards that you would like to force into your studies. You can hold “Shift”  to highlight multiple cards.

Select the cards you want to change the due date for and hit “Set Due Date…”

Choose in how many days you’d like to see the card(s). Today = 0. Then hit “OK.”

Note now that the cards’ due date has changed.

Anki cards are now due today

You’ll note that the cards that you set in this way are added to “Reviews.” See the picture below, where the number of card to review is now “5,” whereas before it was “0.”

Hope this helps! Again, I’m trying to create more short tutorials for the nuts and bolts of using Anki, so please let us know in the comments if you find this useful, and what your thoughts are!

7 Comments
  1. tuyisenge says:

    okay thanks for that
    but how can we make these flashcards visible permanently without being buried.

  2. Oluwatomisin Olapoju says:

    Hi Alec,

    I’m having a hard time on studying a particular subject. For instance, I’m starting with cardio but i don’t know to make/force them all in my study. From the instructions you sent after purchasing the decks, I’m so supposed to select the cards i want to study and then click the Edit menu and then reschedule. There was no “Reschedule” when i clicked on edit. When i click on study, it’s cardio mixed with biochem and other subjects.

    Please how can i correct this so i can study the cards by subject

    1. Yousmle says:

      Hi! They changed Anki, so I updated the article. Now it should work – let me know if that solves your problem!

      Dr. P

  3. Parker Southerland says:

    This is an old thread but I figured it would be worth the ask. When rescheduling like this is there any way to not reset the current interval you have on the card (for example if I move a card that is matured, is there a way to not reset the intervals to 2 days?)

  4. Hudson Bennett says:

    I was really having trouble figuring out how to “bump up” cards to the front like I heard others do, so thanks so much for this post!

  5. Josh says:

    Your guides have been helpful! I’ve just eased into Anki for language learning, and many things that I want to do are not intuitive, and your guides keep popping up on Google. Thank you!

    1. Yousmle says:

      Great to hear – thanks for the feedback! Best of luck with your language learning – I’ve used Anki to great effect for language as well!

      Alec

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