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Are you preparing for the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT)? This rigorous exam is used by Italian universities to assess applicants for medical and dental programs, and is a critical component of the admissions process. With so much on the line, it’s important to have the right tools and resources to help you succeed.

That’s where my IMAT Anki Deck comes in. This comprehensive study resource is designed specifically for the IMAT, and can help you prepare effectively and efficiently for the exam. In this article, we’ll explore how to use My Anki Deck to ace the IMAT, along with tips and strategies for success.

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Smart studying is the most important thing while studying for the IMAT, the study plan and Anki will be a part of it, but remember they are not enough
Smart studying is the most important thing while studying for the IMAT, the study plan and Anki will be a part of it, but remember they are not enough

What is the IMAT and why is it important?

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) is a standardized exam used by Italian universities to evaluate applicants for medical programs. The test covers a range of topics in science, math, logic, and critical thinking, and is designed to assess the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in medical school.

Scoring well on the IMAT is crucial for gaining admission to top medical and dental programs in Italy. In fact, some universities use the IMAT score as the sole criterion for admission, while others use it as one of several factors. Additionally, some universities may require applicants to achieve a minimum score on the IMAT in order to be considered for admission.
Given the importance of the IMAT for medical school admissions, it’s crucial to prepare effectively and efficiently for the exam. This is where My Anki Deck comes in, offering a comprehensive study resource specifically designed for the IMAT. By using My Anki Deck in combination with other study resources, you can maximize your chances of success on this critical exam.

Who Am I?

Hi, my name is Paris, and I’m a 2nd-year medical student at the University of Pavia, one of the top medical universities in Europe. As a student who successfully passed the IMAT, I know firsthand how challenging this exam can be. In fact, when I took the exam, it was the first year that even more general knowledge questions were added, which made the exam even more difficult than in previous years.

To prepare for the IMAT, I used a variety of study resources, including my Anki Deck and the EnterMedSchool Study Planner. I found that using these tools in combination helped me to learn and retain information more effectively, and allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of the exam material. Additionally, I developed effective study strategies, such as breaking up study sessions into manageable chunks and practicing test-taking skills, that helped me to feel more confident and prepared on exam day.

Thanks to my hard work and preparation, I achieved a high score on the IMAT and gained admission to my dream university. Now, as a medical student at the University of Pavia, I’m excited to share my experience and expertise with others who are preparing for the IMAT. I believe that with the right study tools and strategies, anyone can achieve their medical school dreams and succeed on the IMAT.

How I planned to use my Anki IMAT deck back then
How I planned to use my Anki IMAT deck back then

The benefits of using Anki decks for the IMAT

Preparing for the IMAT can be a very hard, with a vast amount of material to cover and remember. Fortunately, there are several effective study tools and techniques available to help you succeed on the exam. One such tool is My Anki Deck, a digital flashcard app that can significantly improve your study efficiency and retention of information.

At the core of Anki’s success is the application of two well-established learning techniques: spaced repetition and active recall. Spaced repetition involves reviewing information at gradually increasing intervals over time, based on how well you’ve remembered it in the past. This method helps to optimize your learning process by allowing you to focus on the material that requires the most attention while minimizing the repetition of the material you already know well.

Active recall is another essential component of the Anki method. It involves actively recalling information from memory, which strengthens your neural connections and improves your ability to remember the material. By utilizing these two techniques, Anki enables you to learn and retain information more efficiently and effectively.

Research has shown that spaced repetition and active recall are highly effective for learning and memory retention. In fact, studies have demonstrated that students who use spaced repetition and active recall perform better on exams compared to those who use traditional study methods. For example, a study of medical students found that those who used spaced repetition and active recall performed significantly better on exams than those who used traditional study methods.

Using my Anki Deck as a study resource for the IMAT can help you take advantage of these proven learning techniques and improve your chances of success on the exam. By utilizing Anki’s optimized learning algorithm, you can create custom decks tailored to your individual study needs, optimize your study sessions, and efficiently retain the vast amount of information required for the IMAT.

How Anki Can Help You Study Smarter, Not Harder

When it comes to studying for a difficult exam like the IMAT, time is often of the essence. With so much material to cover, it’s essential to use your study time efficiently and effectively. This is where My Anki Deck comes in – by utilizing the proven learning techniques of spaced repetition and active recall, Anki can help you study smarter, not harder.

One of the key advantages of Anki is that it enables you to optimize your study sessions. Rather than spending hours poring over textbooks and notes, Anki allows you to focus your study time on the material that requires the most attention. By reviewing flashcards at the appropriate intervals based on your performance, Anki ensures that you spend your time efficiently, maximizing your retention of key concepts and minimizing the amount of time spent on the material you already know well.

Anki also allows you to customize your study experience, tailoring your flashcard decks to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you’re studying for the IMAT, another medical exam, or any other subject, Anki enables you to create custom flashcard decks, choose from a variety of question formats, and adjust the difficulty level of your cards to suit your needs.

Furthermore, Anki’s mobile app and desktop software make it easy to study anywhere, anytime. With Anki, you can study on the go, review flashcards during your commute, or sneak in a quick study session during a break. This flexibility can be especially helpful when you’re juggling a busy schedule and trying to balance studying with other commitments.

Overall, Anki is an excellent study resource for anyone preparing for the IMAT or any other exam. By enabling you to study smarter, not harder, Anki can help you optimize your study time, improve your retention of key concepts, and ultimately increase your chances of success on the exam.

Getting Started with Anki

Downloading and installing Anki

Before you can start using Anki to study for the IMAT, you’ll need to download and install the software. Fortunately, the process is straightforward and easy to follow.
First, head to the Anki website ( and click on the “Download” button. From there, you’ll be directed to a page where you can select the version of Anki that’s compatible with your operating system – whether you’re using a Windows PC, a Mac, or Linux.
Once you’ve downloaded the Anki installer, the installation process is simple. Just double-click on the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install the software on your computer. Depending on your system settings, you may need to grant permission for Anki to make changes to your system during the installation process.
After the installation is complete, you can launch the Anki software and start exploring its features. The Anki interface is intuitive and user-friendly, with plenty of customization options to help you tailor your study experience to your needs.
Overall, downloading and installing Anki is a straightforward process that should only take a few minutes. With Anki up and running on your computer, you’ll be ready to start creating and studying flashcards for the IMAT.

Creating a new deck for the IMAT

Once you’ve installed Anki, it’s time to create a new deck specifically for your IMAT study materials. The deck will serve as a container for all the flashcards you’ll create and will help you stay organized and focused on the specific topics you need to study for the exam.
To create a new deck, simply open Anki and click on the “Add” button in the top left corner of the main window. From there, select “Deck” and choose a name for your new deck. We recommend using a name that reflects the topic or subject matter you’ll be studying – for example, “IMAT Biology” or “IMAT General Knowledge”.

Once you’ve created your new deck, it’s time to start adding flashcards. But before you do, it’s important to understand the logic behind the material you’ll be studying for the IMAT. The exam covers a wide range of topics, from biology and chemistry to physics and mathematics, as well as general knowledge and critical thinking skills. To make the most of your Anki study experience, it’s important to break down the material into smaller, more manageable chunks.

One effective way to do this is to use the EnterMedSchool Study Planner, which is a comprehensive study guide that breaks down the IMAT material into daily study sessions over the course of several weeks. By following the Study Planner, you can ensure that you’re covering all the necessary material in a structured and efficient way. You can then use Anki to create flashcards based on the material covered in each study session, allowing you to review and reinforce your knowledge over time using the spaced repetition and active recall methods.

By creating a new deck for your IMAT study materials and using the EnterMedSchool Study Planner as a guide, you’ll be well on your way to acing the exam with the help of Anki!

IMAT Anki Deck
IMAT Anki Deck

Adding cards to your Anki deck

Anki is only as effective as the quality of the cards you create. Unfortunately, creating quality cards can be a time-consuming process that requires a lot of effort and careful consideration. In fact, it took me around six months to create an Anki deck that helped me achieve my goal of getting into medical school.

To create effective and efficient Anki cards for the IMAT, you need to consider the information you want to include and how you want to present it. Each card should contain a single fact, definition, or question, along with an answer. This helps to ensure that the information is easily digestible and can be remembered more easily through spaced repetition.

One key factor to keep in mind when creating Anki cards is the importance of active recall. This means testing yourself by trying to recall the information rather than just reading it. By creating cards that require active recall, you will be better able to retain the information over time.

Another important factor is to create cards that are specific to the IMAT exam. This means focusing on the types of questions that are typically asked on the exam and making sure that your cards cover these topics comprehensively.

In summary, creating effective and efficient Anki cards is crucial for success on the IMAT exam. By taking the time to carefully create your cards, focusing on active recall and specific exam content, you’ll be well on your way to acing the exam with the help of Anki.

An Overview of My IMAT Anki Deck
Topics covered in the deck

When it comes to preparing for the IMAT, having a well-organized and comprehensive study resource is crucial to success. That’s why I created my IMAT Anki deck – a carefully crafted collection of high-value flashcards designed to cover every topic you’ll encounter on the exam. With hundreds of cards covering all the major subjects – including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and General Knowledge – my Anki deck is the ultimate study resource for anyone looking to ace the IMAT!

Each card in my deck is crafted with precision and attention to detail, ensuring that you’ll be able to learn and retain the information you need to excel on the exam. Whether you’re a visual learner, an auditory learner, or prefer hands-on learning, my Anki deck has something for everyone. And with a range of question types, including multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank, you’ll be able to practice and reinforce your knowledge in a variety of ways.
In the next section, I’ll provide a detailed overview of the topics covered in my IMAT Anki deck, so you can see exactly what you’ll be learning and how the deck is organized. So, let’s dive in!

The deck is strictly organized with hundreds of high-value cards for each subject, and the topics covered include:

  • Biology: The deck covers all major topics in biology, including cell structure, metabolism, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Each card is designed to help you understand the core concepts and memorize important details.
  • Chemistry: The deck includes cards on all the fundamental concepts in chemistry, such as atomic structure, chemical reactions, and thermodynamics. You’ll also find cards on organic chemistry, which is an important topic on the IMAT.
  • Physics: The deck covers all the key topics in physics, including mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and waves. Each card is designed to help you understand the concepts and equations that are essential for the IMAT.
  • Mathematics and Logic: This subject includes cards on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, and logic. The cards are designed to help you develop problem-solving skills and build a strong foundation in the mathematical concepts required for the IMAT.
  • General Knowledge: The deck also includes cards on general knowledge, including current affairs, history, art, and literature. These cards are designed to help you build a well-rounded knowledge base and improve your score on the general knowledge section of the IMAT.

Overall, my IMAT Anki deck is a comprehensive resource that covers all the topics you need to know to succeed on the IMAT. The cards are designed to help you understand the core concepts and memorize important details, so you can feel confident and well-prepared on exam day.

How my IMAT Anki Deck is structured
How my IMAT Anki Deck is structured

How the deck is organized for efficient studying

One of the keys to success with Anki is to have a well-organized deck that is optimized for efficient and effective studying. When I created my IMAT Anki deck, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to structure the material so that it would be easy to study and review.
The deck is organized into different subtopics for each subject, with high-value cards prioritized first. This means that you can focus on the most important information first, and gradually move on to more detailed or nuanced material as you become more comfortable with the subject matter.

Additionally, I made sure to include plenty of examples, mnemonics, and practice questions throughout the deck, so that you can test your knowledge and retention as you go along. This helps to ensure that you’re not just memorizing facts, but actually understanding and internalizing the concepts behind them.

Example of my Anki Cards for the IMAT
Example of my Anki Cards for the IMAT

Overall, I believe that this strict organization and attention to detail is what sets my IMAT Anki deck apart from others. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a deck like this, but the payoff is worth it in the end, as it can greatly enhance your studying and preparation for the exam.

How I Combined Anki and EnterMedSchool Study Planner for Effective Study Sessions

In this section, we will discuss how I combined Anki and EnterMedSchool Study Planner to make my study sessions more effective. As I mentioned earlier, Anki is a fantastic tool for memorizing facts, but it can be difficult to use without a structured study plan. This is where EnterMedSchool Study Planner comes in.

EnterMedSchool Study Planner is a comprehensive study planner specifically designed for medical students. It allows you to plan your study sessions in advance, set goals, and track your progress. By using EnterMedSchool Study Planner in conjunction with Anki, I was able to create a study routine that was both efficient and effective.

First, I used EnterMedSchool Study Planner to plan out my study sessions for each day. I would create a study schedule that included time for reviewing Anki cards and studying other materials. This helped me stay on track and ensured that I was making progress toward my goals.

Second, I used Anki to review the material that I had learned. I would review the cards that I had created for each subject and mark any cards that I struggled with. This allowed me to focus my review on the areas that needed the most attention.

Finally, I would use EnterMedSchool Study Planner to track my progress. I could easily see how much time I had spent studying each day, how many Anki cards I had reviewed, and how much progress I had made toward my overall goals. This helped me stay motivated and focused on my studies.

By combining Anki with EnterMedSchool Study Planner, I was able to create an efficient and effective study routine that helped me ace the IMAT. If you’re a medical student, I highly recommend using these two tools together to make the most out of your study sessions.

Tips for Using Anki Effectively

The importance of spaced repetition

Spaced repetition is a technique that involves revising information at gradually increasing intervals to improve long-term retention. It is an effective way of retaining information because it takes advantage of the brain’s natural ability to forget and then relearn information. When we learn something new, our brain creates neural pathways to store that information. However, if we do not reinforce those pathways by revising the material, the pathways weaken and the information is eventually forgotten.

By using spaced repetition, we can reinforce the neural pathways and make them stronger, which leads to better long-term retention of information. Research has shown that spaced repetition is a highly effective method of learning and retaining information. For example, a study conducted by the National Training Laboratories found that learners who used spaced repetition techniques had an 80% retention rate of the material, compared to just 20% for learners who did not use spaced repetition.

Therefore, it is crucial to incorporate spaced repetition into your study routine, especially when preparing for a difficult exam like the IMAT. Anki is an excellent tool that makes it easy to use spaced repetition effectively, as it automatically schedules reviews of each card based on your previous performance. By consistently reviewing your Anki cards using spaced repetition, you can maximize your chances of retaining the information you need to succeed on the IMAT.

How to make effective flashcards

Creating effective flashcards is an art in itself and requires time and effort. The quality of the flashcards directly affects the effectiveness of the study session. It is important to create flashcards that are clear, concise and relevant. When making flashcards, it is essential to focus on the key concepts and avoid irrelevant details. The flashcards should be structured in a way that allows for easy recall of information.

It is important to use active recall and spaced repetition while creating flashcards. This means that the information should be actively retrieved from memory instead of simply reading or reviewing it. Furthermore, spaced repetition means that the information should be reviewed at specific intervals to maximize long-term retention. It is also important to include images or diagrams in the flashcards as they aid in visual learning and recall.

However, it is important to note that creating effective flashcards can be time-consuming, especially when preparing for a competitive exam like the IMAT. It is essential to strike a balance between creating high-quality flashcards and efficient use of time. Using pre-made decks like the one created by myself for the IMAT can save a considerable amount of time while ensuring effective studying.

Strategies for reviewing and optimizing your Anki deck

Once you’ve created your Anki deck, it’s important to regularly review and optimize it to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your study sessions. Here are some strategies for reviewing and optimizing your Anki deck:

  • Regularly review your cards: Spaced repetition is all about regularly reviewing the information you’ve learned. Schedule your Anki deck to show you cards at appropriate intervals to ensure that you’re reviewing the information often enough to retain it.
  • Optimize your card design: As you review your Anki deck, pay attention to which cards are most effective in helping you learn and retain the information. Use this feedback to optimize your card design, focusing on the most effective card types and formatting.
    Use tags to organize your cards: Tags can be a useful way to organize your Anki deck and make it easier to study specific topics or areas. Use tags to group related cards together and create custom study sessions based on your specific needs.
  • Take advantage of add-ons: Anki has a wide range of add-ons that can help you optimize your study sessions. From tools for optimizing your card design to add-ons that help you track your progress, there are plenty of resources available to help you get the most out of your Anki deck.
    By regularly reviewing and optimizing your Anki deck, you can ensure that you’re making the most of your study sessions and maximizing your chances of success on the IMAT.


In conclusion, using Anki decks for the IMAT can be a game-changer for your studying efforts. With the help of spaced repetition and active recall, Anki can help you study smarter, not harder, and achieve your dream of getting into medical school. As a second-year medical student at the University of Pavia, I know first-hand the benefits of using Anki for the IMAT. My own Anki deck was meticulously created over a period of six months, covering hundreds of high-value cards for each subject, and was instrumental in my success in the IMAT. However, creating an effective Anki deck is no easy task, and it requires time and dedication to make sure that each flashcard is optimized for efficient studying. It is also important to review and optimize your deck regularly to ensure that you are retaining the information effectively. By combining Anki with other study tools such as EnterMedSchool Study Planner, you can further optimize your study sessions and increase your chances of success. So, if you’re preparing for the IMAT, consider using Anki as a powerful tool to help you reach your goals.