Although my academic research involves reading lots of really bad Victorian novels, I probably spend an equal amount of time with my beak in a non-fiction book. I learn all sorts of interesting stuff on a daily basis, most of which lodges in my brain for all of five minutes. As I mainly read on my Kindle, there is the option to highlight useful passages – a feature of which I make copious use. But that doesn’t help me remember it. A little while ago I blogged about an excellent app called Clippings.io. This gives you much greater control over your Kindle highlights and annotations, also allowing you to export them in a variety of formats, such as Word documents, and also to send them to Evernote. Well, Clippings.io works brilliantly with another app called Reflect, too.
Reflect integrates with Evernote to present your notes in an attractive format to aid revision. So, you could use it to memorise chunks of content or to inspire yourself with motivational quotes each morning. Alternatively, you might just want a reminder of what you learned from a particular book. Reflect takes Clippings.io one step further, as it encourages you to revisit what you’ve saved by scheduling regular flashcard-style reviews.
First you set up a filter, specifying the source from which you want to generate your flashcards. Here I’ve chosen my clippings.io notebook and the notes marked with a Reflect tag.
I can also decide how many times I want to review my flashcards, and how often I’d like to see each one.
In this example I’ve created a filter to review quotes from Three Men in a Boat so I can remember them for a talk. Here’s what one of the flashcards looks like:
You’ll receive reminders to nudge you, so this is a very easy way of establishing a good habit.
Here I’ve discussed using it with Kindle annotations, but of course it would work with any text-based material in Evernote, such as lecture or study notes. It would also be great for learning phrases in another language.
Reflect is completely free to use at the moment, so give it a go and see what it can do for you. Turn all that information into knowledge.