Aaron Wright
Feb. 17, 2020

Remember more of what you read with Link Cards

The mission of Lernabit is to become the greatest learning tool for self-teaching. Using the note-taking app in Lernabit, you can simply write down what you learn and Lernabit will remind you to review it so the information gradually works its way into your long term memory. Now I am excited to announce a new feature that expands on Lernabit note cards and makes it even easier to remember what you learn.

The new feature is called link cards. While a Lernabit note card requires you to write down what you learn, a link card makes it easy to just save an entire article. Once you create a link card, Lernabit will automatically remind you to review the link so you can re-read it, just like it does with a Lernabit note card. As I show in this blog post, the two card types complement each other very well to maximize your learning.

What are link cards?

Link cards consist of just a link from which you have learned something valuable and want to remember it. When you read an informative article and you want to remember what you have learned, create a link card by saving the link in Lernabit. Lernabit will automatically create a review schedule and let you know when it is time to review the link. When that time comes, just read the article again and mark it as "Complete" to schedule the next review time.

As with Lernabit note cards, this process is designed based on scientific principles of how people learn to help maximize how much information you remember from the article. Using link cards can help you remember more of what you read from online articles, blog posts, and websites.

How are link cards different than Lernabit note cards?

If you have been using Lernabit already, link cards will sound a lot like Lernabit note cards. The difference is that a Lernabit note card is useful when you learn something very specific that you want to remember. For example, if you learn an interesting fact or useful quote, you could save that as a Lernabit note card. But sometimes you find an article that is so good and full of so much great information that it is easier to just save the link. In that situation, a link card is a perfect choice.

Another difference is that note cards can be used for things you learn in an offline setting, such as at a museum or from a book. A note card enables you to write down what you learn no matter where you learn it. A link card only works for saving a link, but when that is what you want to do, the link card makes it much easier by streamlining the process.

Privacy of link cards

As with note cards, when you create a link card you can specify a privacy setting. A private link card will only be visible to you, and a public link card will be visible to anyone. If other people like one of your public link cards they can add it to their own review list, just like they can with note cards.

If you have a free account, private link cards will count toward your limit on private cards, but that limit has now been increased to 200 instead of 100. You can still create an unlimited number of public note cards and link cards with a free account.

How to create a link card

Creating a link card is really easy to do. It is fully supported on the website and in the Android app. Read below to see how to create a link card on each platform.

On the website

Creating a link card on the website is almost exactly the same as creating a Lernabit note card. Go to your Notes page and you will see a form to create a note. You will notice that now there is an option to select what type of card you want to create. Just click on "Link Card" and paste the link you want to save. That's it!

In the Android app

There are two different ways to create a link card in the Android app. One way is to open the app and tap the button to create a card. It will ask you to select which type of card you want to create. Tap on "Link Card" and enter the link.

You can also create a link card right from the web browser in Android. Just tap the share button like you would if you wanted to share the link on social media. Look for the option that says "Create a link card". Tap on that and the Lernabit app will open and automatically fill in the URL of the web page. Add any options you want such as privacy settings and click "Save" to create the link card.

How to get the most out of link cards

Link cards are a great option when you find an article, blog post, or web page and you think it would be easier to just read the article again rather than trying to create Lernabit note cards. You can also use it in combination with Lernabit note cards for maximum effect. For example, you could save a link as a link card to read it again, then also create Lernabit note cards with the most important facts so you are sure to remember that information. Using both types of cards is also a good way to learn the information at different levels of complexity. For example, you can create Lernabit note cards with important terminology and concepts, then use a link card to read the article again and provide an additional layer of context that will help you learn those facts at a more fundamental and conceptual level.

Conclusion

Link cards are designed to work well with and amplify the power of Lernabit note cards. They are each good for accomplishing different learning objectives. I think you will find them to be useful tools to help you remember more of what you learn!

Create a free account now to start creating link cards!

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