Anki is an open source study aid which can help you remember just about anything.
The program allows you to create, download and edit flashcards. Each card has a question on one side, its answer on the other. This could be simple text - a deck on capital cities might use "France", "Paris" - but Anki also supports graphics, audio, video, even scientific markup (via LaTeX), so there's plenty of scope to be inventive.
When it's time to study, you're shown each card. When you think you've remembered the answer, press the spacebar to check. Finally, you get to rate your own answer based on its accuracy, and how easy it was to remember. Cards you got right will be shown less frequently, and Anki will instead focus on anything you can't remember.
If you're unused to flashcards then this can seem complicated, and there are plenty of rules, options and settings to learn.
Fortunately many existing Anki users have created and shared decks covering everything from "Mandarin Chinese" to "IATA airport and city codes", "Actor and actress pictures" and "Applied anatomy and physiology" (explore the full list here). You can freely download and try out anything of interest, a quick and easy way to learn the program basics.
Better still, there are Anki builds for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and Linux, so you can continue your studies just about anywhere. And there's even a free service to keep cards in sync across all your devices. (Beware, though: the iPhone build is a commercial product and costs $24.99.)
Version 2.0.26 changes:
- Fix more crashes on Macs.
- Fix pasting from office applications on Macs.
- Fix recorded audio playing back at wrong speed on Mac computers that couldn’t record at CD quality.
- Fix cloze markers appearing on cards when multiple cloze fields were listed in the template on a single line.
- Fixes to source code tests, thanks to ispedals and julienbaley.
- Add some hooks for add-on authors, thanks to sagittarian.