What learning tools do you use?

I was wondering if anyone is using some learning tools that they can recommend? I’ve been looking at two specifically so would also be interested in people’s experiences with these two.
https://getpolarized.io/ to manage and take notes on books and
https://ankiweb.net/ for flash cards. The two can work together through a connection program. Seems that anki is used a lot by medical students.

The best presentation of anki that I’ve seen was here:


I started using polarized for a book I am reading. To my dismay, the web version isn’t really that great (I am using Firefox) since you can’t even upload files without the page breaking.

I have now downloaded the native version for my machine, but the fact that it doesn’t keep track of progress automatically (it has to be manual) really doesn’t shine with me.

It does keep track of minutes read and is a nice way to share pdf’s, but you really don’t need this app to study or be more efficient. Most basic pdf viewers these days allow you to highlight text and you have a wide variety of cloud providers where you can place your books and sync them across devices.

I don’t see the added benefit of using polarized, at least not for now.

As for anki, I don’t really have an opinion as I have not tried it.

Hope it helps!


Personally I make use of Anki every morning for about 10-15 minutes. It really helps me to remember facts that I’m interested in and care about. I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Here’s an article that I like about how using Anki (or other spaced repetition flashcard software) helps you to learn a field at a deep level: http://augmentingcognition.com/ltm.html


Anki looks good, though it seems like a lot of work - would be good to have a community made effort for things like Elixir and Phoenix :smiley:

Personally I use good old fashioned pen n paper :003: Whenever I am reading a book about a topic that I really want to grok, I make notes whenever I come across anything I need to remember that I don’t already know. Then, before starting the next reading session I read through all the notes first. As I progress through the book, I start skipping my earlier notes - or only review them periodically. I find this really works for me.

This thread may also be of interest:


I use Tiddly Wiki (https://tiddlywiki.com/) for taking the notes, browsing through them and searching.
I like it because it enables easy composition of small chunks of information into bigger themes. For learning the languages and frameworks I find it very useful.

Out of the box it comes as a fully self-contained html file, which is the only thing required to keep your data. To make it more usable for daily work I decided to integrate it with my Google Drive account via a plugin so my changes are stored seamlessly each time I save the information.


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What a walk down memory lane this thread is!

In my 20s, as a very zealous language learner, I had 10,000+ Anki decks and even contributed to the project! I’m a bit more judicious in my use of SRS these days but they’re definitely a great tool for remembering facts.

That used to run the internal documentation at my office 10 years ago! Haven’t used it ages, but the “everything inside a single HTML file” model had a certain elegance.