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RemNote in 5 Minutes

Not sure how to begin using RemNote? Start here!

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
Updated over a week ago

Have you ever thought back to a class you took or a book you read a few years ago and realized you've forgotten most, if not all, of the material?

While this may feel like an immutable fact of life, with a little bit of science, a little bit of careful work, and a simple review habit, you can remember whatever you want for as long as you want. RemNote makes it easy to follow the steps required to remember anything forever!

Using RemNote, you'll first take notes on your study material and break down complex ideas into simple, understandable pieces. Then you'll turn each of these simple pieces of content into flashcards – right within your notes. Finally, you'll review these flashcards on an automatically created optimal schedule.

Studying with RemNote has three components.

1. Take outline notes in the editor.

Create a document for the lecture, video, or article you're learning from by clicking the Create link in the sidebar.

Want to take one-off notes without worrying about what document to put them in? Click Today's Note and add them to the Daily Document. You can easily move them to a new document later if they grow large enough.

Once you have more than a few documents, you can also create folders from the Create button and organize your documents into those.

After creating a document, start typing your notes. Press Enter to create a new bullet and Tab to indent. Each bullet point is called a Rem.

Read more about outlines or formatting notes.

2. Create flashcards in the editor.

When you come to something you want to memorize, turn its Rem into a flashcard by typing ==. Whatever comes before the == is the front side, and whatever comes after is the back side. For example, if you want to remember what a covalent chemical bond is, you could type:

What is a covalent chemical bond? == One where a pair of electrons are shared.

RemNote will transform the == into a fancy arrow, indicating that you've created a flashcard:

You can create many other types of flashcards as well. For now, take some notes and create some Basic flashcards – once you get the hang of those, you can check out the other types if you like. (It's possible to get a lot out of RemNote using only Basic flashcards, and even the most advanced users use Basic flashcards regularly, so don't feel like you're missing out or need to “move on” from them.)

Learn more about flashcard basics.

3. Practice your flashcards

Once you've created flashcards, practice them by choosing Flashcards in the left sidebar and clicking the big blue Practice with Spaced Repetition button.

When you practice cards, first you'll see the front side:

Then you'll think about the answer, click Show Answer, and check yourself:

Finally, you'll rate yourself by choosing a button at the bottom representing how well you remembered the answer. Read more about rating cards, or see the full article Getting Started with Spaced Repetition for more details on the practice process.

RemNote automatically determines when you should see the card next for optimal learning. It models your chance of forgetting the card over time and shows it to you before that becomes too likely. See Understanding Spaced Repetition for details on how this works.

If you have exams coming up on the material you're learning, consider telling RemNote when they are so it can adjust your learning schedule for optimal memory on exam day (rather than just for long-term retention).

...And that's it! Just keep creating notes about what you want to learn and practicing your flashcards, and you'll be learning faster and easier than you realized was possible.

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