You have your cards. You have your mind. Now let the two play. But before this begins, did you think of order? Everything has an order and Anki is no different. Many people just assume you catch whatever Anki throws at you. But you control Anki’s throw and adjusting it can make a major difference.
There are 5 major orders that will affect how you review your cards.
Go to the options setting of your deck. If you don’t like deck merging, and have multiple decks, you can individually change the options of each deck (which requires an extra step of adding a new options group).
You have two options:
1. Show new cards in random order
2. Show new cards in order added
Deciding between these two is extremely simple.
● If you are doing a deck that is ordered based on difficulty, or i+1 (ex. any of the Jalup decks), you absolutely need to do it in order added. Otherwise you will end up seeing cards that cover too much information you haven’t learned yet.
● If you are doing a deck that has random new information (ex. place names, people names, vocabulary, etc.) then you can choose either one. Usually you’d still want to follow the order the deck creator chose, unless you want some variety. For example, you don’t need to learn 20 animals, 20 family members, or 20 flavors of Kit Kat in a row. You can mix this up for a little freedom.
While I think these settings should be in the same area, you’ll have to dig a little deeper to get these next set of options (or preferences). Go to tools > preferences.
You have three preferences:
- Mix new cards and reviews
- Show new cards after reviews
- Show new cards before review
While the choice between the 2 deck options is usually a given, with preferences there is more flexibility for you to choose how you want to review your cards. There are no requirements, but a few things you probably want to consider.
● “Show new cards before reviews” should not be used when you are using a pre-made deck. Especially one with hundreds of cards. If you do this, the reviews will take forever to come around.
● “Show new cards after reviews” is useful when you have a major backlog of Anki reviews, and you don’t want new cards to slow you down.
● “Mix new cards and reviews” is good sometimes, because even when you have reviews, occasionally seeing something new adds fun and excitement.
What’s your order?
How do you order your Anki reviews?
Show new cards in order added
Switch between Mix new cards and reviews + Show new cards after reviews
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.