We recently noticed that one of our most popular Google search terms was “Brainscape vs Anki”. So, we figured we’d put together this handy guide for you to help you better understand all the ways in which Brainscape and Anki are different.
As you’ve likely seen yourself, Brainscape‘s web & mobile flashcards platform is a simpler, more modern, more user-friendly experience than Anki’s (still-impressive) open-source desktop software. But it may not have been immediately evident how Brainscape’s feature sets differ from Anki. Hope this helps!
|Spaced Repetition||4-bucket leitner method; study is scheduled for exact days in the future||5-bucked Confidence-Based Repetition method; works at your own study pace|
|Content Organization||Little hierarchy; mostly individual sets that require a download||Full curriculum (i.e. “Subjects”) with multiple “Decks”; no download required|
|Content Source||User-generated content only||Both user-generated AND “Brainscape-certified” subjects (co-created with experts and publishers)|
|Collaboration||Limited; each set is uploaded by a single user||Multiple users can author in real-time; subject admin can manage editing permissions|
|Learning Data||You only see your own limited data||Rich stats dashboards for both your own learning, and for tracking other students’ progress|
|Technologies||iOS, Android, Computer (the latter requires software download)||iOS, Android, web browser (no download required; all software & content live in cloud, for permanent ‘backup’)|
|Tech Development||Open source; no guarantee of continued tech support or development of future versions||Managed by Brainscape; a venture-funded company with a strong incentive for long-term support & innovation|
|Private Enterprise Licenses Available||No (at least not yet)||Yes|
|Content Types||Customizable fields for hints, foreign language components, equations, etc.||A single open-canvas style flashcard that supports any type of rich media|
|Price||Mobile app costs $25 to download||App download & most web features are FREE; $3/mo for Brainscape Pro (with Lifetime option)|
While Brainscape has a TON of respect for Anki and their groundbreaking advancements in the field of spaced repetition software, we hope you will check us out if you are looking for a simpler, more collaborative, cloud-based study experience with access to premium content.
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