Our Stories

The Original AnKing Team


Nick with his wife Meghan at the University of Utah. While serving in Taiwan for two years, I used the spaced repetition approach to learning Chinese. Later, as I prepared for medical school, I attempted to use Anki to study for the MCAT but gave up. I disliked the interface and did not understand how to use it. I was determined to figure this out for medical school. I ended up reading the entire Anki manual and helping students set up their Anki to succeed in medical school.


Forrest with his wife Olivia at the University of Utah. As a pre-medical student I attempted to use Anki to prepare for the MCAT and completely misunderstood how it should be used so I gave up. As a current medical student, I have used it to successfully master our curriculum. My scores increased and the amount of time I studied decreased by 3-5 hours every weekday. I no longer had to study on weekends. Gone are the days of cramming and forgetting information! I am currently a University of Utah medical student planning to pursue residency in neurosurgery. I graduated in neuroscience from Brigham Young University in 2018. As a San Diego native, I love surfing, mountain biking, and fly fishing. An interesting fact is that I helped start a non-profit that began in Mozambique called HealthLink Cooperative!


Tyson at the University of Utah. Like the others, I tried using Anki to study for the MCAT and ultimately stopped. I was using it incorrectly and it wasn't working for me. I used it to memorize information for my current medical school courses. I have a degree in neuroscience from BYU and am currently studying at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following school I plan to pursue a career in electrophysiology. A fun fact about me is that I have traveled to 35 of the 50 US states and 15 countries. I love to travel!


Blake with his wife, Lisa, and their oldest daughter. Prior to medical school at the University of Utah, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. After medical school, my plan is to pursue general surgery with a focus on trauma and critical care. Beyond my education and career goals, I enjoy long-distance running, listening to music, and collecting pocket knives. However, the greatest joy in my life is being a father. I love my little girls, Jane and Hazel!

The Origin of Anki Palace


I joined forces with AnKing after reaching out to Nick on Reddit about some ideas I had for programmatically identifying duplicates in the AnKing deck. Our collaboration led to the concept for Anki Palace. Andrew at the Center for Applied Microbiome Science. I am a research software engineer working on microbiome data science software for the Pathogen Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona 🧬. I previously provided technical support to Fluent Forever Anki users and have used Anki extensively to study pre-med, music, computer science, and Dutch. As a former AFS exchange student, I’ve spent nearly two years living abroad in the Netherlands . I’m interested in contemplative practices, effective altruism, and am currently developing a unique mnemonic system. Working with the AnKing team has inspired me to consider going back to school to pursue an education in traditional osteopathy. 🥼