Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Remember Outlines in Plover more Easily!

Check out this awesome post on the Plover subreddit about longtime community member BX1959's new Anki deck and mnemonic drilling system for memorizing the Plover outlines for the top 4,300 words in English! From the post:
ROPE is a guide to learning and recalling Plover outlines for over 4,300 common English words. It does this in two ways: first, it relies on Anki's spaced repetition system to help you solidify the outlines in your memory. Second, it includes mnemonic devices (in the form of stories) for a sizeable chunk of the outlines, about 1200. These stories serve to connect the outlines to their corresponding word by including words that are similar to the components of the outlines.

If you'd like to try using ROPE to learn new outlines, download both the Excel document and the Anki file. (If you don't have Anki on your computer, download it for free from the website.) The Anki file and the Excel document have the same material; Anki is just a flashcard program that lets you keep track of your learning, and the Excel file is useful to have as a reference. Once you've gone through the Learn Plover! exercises, you can start using Anki to learn new outlines, even if you're very new to Plover. This system is meant to be super-customizable, so you can add in or change stories, outlines, and words however you please. For more detailed information, see below!

I haven't used Anki myself, but I know tons of people who swear by it. Give it a try and let us know what you think, either in the comments to this post or in the Discord!

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