If you’re looking for a flashcard program, and weighing your pros and cons, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve laid out a feature table below. If you want more information after the feature table, then read on!
Or, if you just want to skip ahead: 21st Night is the clear winner when it comes to flashcard apps.
|Video and audio clips||x||x|
|Flashcards in context||x|
|Easy to use||x||x|
|Categorization and subcategorization||x||x|
|Cost||Free for web, $25 for iPhone app||Free for basic, $7/month for “pro”||$5/month or less|
Is 21st Night, Quizlet, or Anki easy to use?
Anki is famously difficult to use. In fact, here’s a 30 minute video on how to use Anki.
Quizlet, on the other hand, is quite easy to use, although it lacks the features that Anki has.
21st Night has the features of Anki and the ease of use of Quizlet. It’s suited for power users and casual users alike.
Is Anki, Quizlet, or 21st Night good for learning languages?
Anki and 21st Night are good for learning languages. They both support audio and video clips out of the box, image occlusion, and cloze deletion, which are all powerful tools for learning to speak, write, and understand a new language.
Quizlet is just ok for learning a language. It only supports audio clips if you pay $7/month, never supports video clips, and does not have image occlusion or cloze deletion.
Is Anki, Quizlet, or 21st Night good for standardized tests?
Anki and 21st Night are both good for standardized tests, although 21st Night comes out on top. Both Anki and 21st Night base their review algorithms around a “spaced repetition” system, which means the questions you have the most trouble with are the ones you see the most often. That allows you to remember tricky content for a long time.
Anki and 21st Night also have deep categorization of cards, allowing you to really hone in on your problem areas.
However, 21st Night comes out on top because it also allows you to integrate a study plan, notes, and problem sets into your flashcards. Not only does this allow you to better organize your studying, but it allows you to remember everything you learn, including what you learn from problem sets.
Quizlet only works on a basic review system, so it’s much harder to remember what you learn. It has weak categorization of cards.
Is 21st Night, Anki, or Quizlet good for learning math, chemistry, or physics?
This is where 21st Night really shines. Not only does 21st Night allows you to insert complex math equations directly into your cards, but, more importantly, it allows you to insert your problem sets as well. That way, you can remember how to solve those difficult problems.
Both Anki and Quizlet are ok for learning the facts associated with these subjects, but you won’t be able to use them to learn the techniques.
Is it easy to create flashcards with Anki, Quizlet, or 21st Night?
It is exceptionally easy to create flashcards with 21st Night. 21st Night allows you to create flashcards directly from notes, pdfs, or slideshows uploaded to the app. You just highlight them.
Not only is this an easy way to create flashcards, it also creates context for your flashcards, as your card will be attached in the app to what it’s created from. This makes your cards much easier to remember and understand.
In comparison, both Quizlet and Anki are easy enough to use.
Which is best: 21st Night, Anki, or Quizlet?
Anki is better than Quizlet for long term retention. Quizlet is better than Anki for quick and casual use.
21st Night is better than both for all options.