How to Make a Reverse Card (With Extra)

As we’ve discussed, making excellent Anki cards is the most direct way to ensure that you:

  • Learn things well, and
  • Retain them

Most of this has to do with how well you learn the material and connect it within the card. We have discussed this at length here:

Here, we will discuss how to use (and find) the most versatile Anki card format type:

  • “Basic (optional reversed card) with extra”

What is “Basic (optional reversed card) with extra”?

With a “Basic” card, the format ends up as this:

  • Question: (Front)
  • Answer: (Back)

So if:

The card would be displayed as this:

With a reversed card, you can reverse the order you find them. By typing “y” into “Add Reverse,” you can show the “Back” as the question, and the “Front” as the answer. Doing this allows you to test information in an additional way.

What is the “Extra” Field?

The “Extra” field will be displayed underneath the answer in BOTH directions.

This is what the card would look like when you’re making it:

This is how it would display:

“Reversed” card: back = question; front = answer; extra = displayed underneath answer

“Forward” card: front = question; back = answer; extra = displayed underneath answer

How Do You Find “Basic (optional reversed card) with extra”?

Add → “Type” (usually “Basic”) → “Basic (Optional Reversed Card) with Extra”

WHy You Should Use the “Basic (optional reversed card) with extra” Format All the Time

The “Basic (optional reversed card) with extra” card format should be your go-to for every single card type. Why? Because you can use it as a basic card, where the front = question, and back = answer. To do this, simply put nothing in the “Add Reverse,” field.

Leaving “Add Reverse” blank creates a “Basic” card, where front = question, and back = answer