How do I used spaced repetition learning to improve my life, beyond the obvious applications?
I’m smitten with the idea of the spacing effect
and the potentially vast quantities of material it allows one to memorize. I realise it has obvious applications like aiding with language learning, but I was wondering if its principles could be applied more generally.
I’ve historically used Anki
to learn a bit of French, German and Finnish for fun, as well as on-and-off in my degree studies (I'm an undergraduate biochemist coming into my final year). I want to start taking it more seriously, which will involve formalising more knowledge from my degree course and adding that to my Anki deck.
But do you guys have any tips for using spaced repetition outside of its usual domains? Do people casually input interesting tidbits they encounter so that they can remember them? Piotr Wozniak
apparently does 'spaced reading' in which he learns chunks of articles using spaced repetition, which might be a good way of digesting scientific papers and scholarly articles in a way that keeps them remembered. I'll be doing a research project as part of my degree this year and it would be good to retain lots of knowledge gleaned from papers as it'll come in handy when the final write-up comes round.
If you do just input anything cool you want to remember, do you categorise it or just have one colossal deck (to use Anki nomenclature) into which everything goes? Do you think carefully about what goes in or just input more than you think you'll care about and weed through uninteresting cards later?
I hope this isn't too vague—I want to hear as much about your methods as I can. Show me how to learn.