What Should Your Anki Accuracy Rate Be? — 7 Comments

  1. Brilliant.

    This is a trap that cost me years of studying. There are so many words and grammatical patterns to learn in order to be fluent that breadth is going to trump depth for any learner wanting to reach fluency.

    I would also add that if there is some concept that is imperative to learn it’s more effective to just add extra cards with that word, phrase or grammar point than it is to try and slow down your reps or increase your overall percentage.

    So I guess 70% is the new 85%? (笑)

    • It sounds bad because usually depth is better than width in most endeavors, but I think it doesn’t make sense with language learning, especially because that depth gets filled out along the way.


      And good point of advice about just adding the extra cards.

  2. Just be sure to not do the opposite and be too fast. I sometimes do this and don’t give enough time for my brain to remember the word. Then I either have too low a percentage for all the “wrong” cards or too high a percentage by just seeing the card for a moment and assuming “yeah, I probably know that card so I’ll just say good”.

    • Very true.

      I think that your first review (for a new card) will be the slowest, and then every consecutive review of that card will increase its speed exponentially.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at my accuracy. I think your post may have the opposite of its intended effect for me, because now I’m really curious :P

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