Minimal Standard Flashcard App

Pauk is a combination of scientifically proven methods for efficient learning and will improve scores on your assessments

Edit Flashcards
Flashcard with Latex in Pauk
Multiple Choice

6 Level Flashcard System ac. to Sebastian Leitner  – Spaced Repetition on/off – KickStart on/off – PowerPoint – Latex – Multiple Choice – Win/Mac/iPhone – Dropbox


Learn about Pauk's supported learning methods

How to learn

What would a full learning cycle look like?


How to prepare yourself for your Powerpoint Presentation

Video Manual

Instead of reading text, just lay back and watch some videos

Share Cards

Share Flashcards with your friends

Convert other Flashcard Sets

Supported sources include Quizlet, Cram, Excel and Text ...

What makes Pauk unique?

KickStart is the name of a specific Learning Algorithm. Use this method if you want to learn a subject for the very first time. KickStart has two functions: 1. It  automatically sizes a deck of cards in ideal portions and 2. repeats wrong answers more quickly.

It is important to correct wrong answers immediately – as otherwise you risk to memorize it. Memorizing is a function of how much work the brain has to deliver while creating an answer which makes sense to you. This effort is much higher than just reading the right solution from the answer card. So trying to remember an answer while doing a repetition session, may have a lasting impact on the memorization of it, also if the answer was wrong. This is why this wrong memory must be overwritten very quickly. Kickstart reacts faster than Spaced Repetition or the normal Leitner Fashcards Method.

Good memorization of your ppt slides and run a common & clear thread through your presentation is key to get your message out. It’s also extremely helpful if you suffer from speech anxiety. If you are 100% sure you will remember your text, speech anxiety will be much less of an issue.

To properly prepare a Speeche or Presentation, Microsoft PowerPoint slides can be imported into the Learning System. In doing so, Pauk will automatically distribute the content of the slides on the question- and the answer card.

You can learn your speeches offline on your Laptop. No mirror, empty chamber or good friends to practice needed.

While learning, you may realize the need to correct the content of some cards, add new cards at specific places in a deck, change the sequence in which cards will show up for repetition, move a card a few places forward etc. The Card Sorter is the perfect way to do this. The Card Sorter is a graphical user interface which gives the student a good overview on the whole Deck and can do the following:

  • move the cards with your mouse to another place
  • duplicate cards [Ctrl + D]
  • delete cards [Del]
  • change the size of the view [Ctrl + Mouse Wheel]

Card Sorter

Of course you have a feeling for how long it takes to get a grip on your subject – but do you know for sure? You will usually only know after the fact. Collecting statistical data after each Flashcard learning session can help you anticipate how many days or how many repetitions you need to learn a similar topic in the future. Of course, this measurement varies from person to person and also depends on the complexity of the subject and how you write your flashcards.

If you use a tool like Pauk to prepare your tests, the tool will output (after a few learnings) your personal lead time to prepare a topic to perfection. These can be the days you need to start in advance or the number of repetitions you need to master a subject. Soon, you will know these figures for all learning situations. This information is useful to determine the time you need to learn the information properly without over preparing.

Change History

March 2017

KickStart mode improved, font size change added for Asian fonts

February 2017

Card Sorter added

January 2017

PowerPoint, Speech learning functionality added

December 2016

Go Live iPhone App


Desktop-App available in various languages


Functionality of Desktop and/or iPhone version


Windows or Mac


Available in App Store

Leitner System

Pauk is based on a 6 level/Box Flashcard System according to Stefan Leitner

Learning of individual Levels

Each of the 6 levels can be learned in isolation. Useful if you want to learn cards which are on lower levels, without touching the ones you already know (level 4,5)

Spaced Repetition

Spaced Repetition will space the waiting time between repetitions, increasing the spacing gradually at higher levels. Hence, only cards that are due for repetition come up automatically.


The intervals between repetitions will be adapted automatically to the difficulty of the cards and your learning style

Fibonacci Spacing

The intervals for Spaced Repetition are based on the Fibonacci sequence.

KickStart Learning Mode

Use KickStart if you want to learn a subject for the very first time. Kickstart automatically sizes a deck of cards in ideal portions and repeats incorrect answers more quickly - in order to avoid false memorization early in the learning process.

Multiple Choice

Answers can be pre-formulated as single choice or multiple choice

Train Speeches

PowerPoint slides can be imported. A pre-formulated Question and Answer for each slide will be automatically created.

Card Sorter

The Card Sorter is a graphical User Interface in which you can rearrange the sequence of your cards, delete them or make a copy.

Type in answers via Keyboard

As a special answer type, the user must type in his answer on his keyboard, which is then automatically compared with the right answer by the system.


One Picture in the question and one in the answer can be added (Source: selected parts of a Screenshot or a File from Disk)


If a microphone is connected, you can add an audio comment in the question and the answer. Useful to take down a dictate.


Add a weblink for further explanation,e.g. Wikilinks, Youtube etc.


Display your Math formulas beautifully through LaTex language. Easy import from editor.


Store a number in the Hint field. In complex questions, answers require more than one fact to get them right. This number in the question will serve as a reminder of the number of facts that you need to remember.

Combine Files

Load several smaller files into Pauk and combine them to an extensive file

Reset all Cards to initial state

Restart your repetition of older set of cards with resetting the learning status back to initial.

Mix Cards

Randomly mix cards to avoid beeing dependent in the sequence. Used mainly to learn vocabulary.

Flip Question/Answers

Just flip it.

Variable time to show answer automatically

Choose a time in seconds after which the answer is shown automatically

Manually show answer

User must click a button to see the answer.

Auto Play Audio

Automatically play your recorded voice when the question or the answer comes up in any learning mode

Icon based User Interface

No reading or translation required. Intuitive Icons will tell you the functionality behind the buttons.

English User Interface

Standard Language for all Apps (iPhone, Desktop and Apps on the Website)

Translation of User Interface in many languages

Many language available

User can edit language of User Interface

Adapt the language in the user interface by editing the .properties file in a text editor. The language files are found in the ``Language`` folder. Just edit the file, name the file according to the new language and place it back in the Language folder. At next startup, select the new language from the ``Language`` menu.


Store and share your files in Dropbox. Import your files via Dropbox in the iPhone app and learn them anywhere.

Creation & Editing of Cards

Must be done in the Desktop app. The iPhone screen is way to small to create and edit cards efficiently.


Powerful statistics will help you to anticipate how many days or how many repetitions you will need to learn a similar topic in the future. Useful to set up your learning schedule.

Card creation support

Mark some text in the text editor and right click on your mouse. You will see a support box with offers automatic translation (google) or further explanation of the term (Wikipedia)


Free to download and use

Sebastian Leitner Flashcard System

Exercising your knowledge is vital! You can review your subjects in six levels. Mastering the highest level guarantees that every fact will be permanently imprinted in your long term memory.

Spaced Repetition

Spaced repetition is a learning technique which utilizes increasing intervals of time between each subsequent review of the material that you have previously learned. The calculation of the length of each of these review periods in based on a Fibonacci sequence is are automatically adapted to your learning style.

Sync with Dropbox

Do you need your files wherever you go? You can access any of your Pauk files from Dropbox. Share these with your friends or keep them for yourself – it’s up to you. You can also share your files via Email, Google Drive, iCloud, or any other platform.

Subjects to learn

Pauk is based on the well-known 6 Level Flashcard System created by Sebastian Leitner. That’s why you can use Pauk to learn anything that requires factual knowledge, such as vocabulary, history, geography, etc., as well as more complex scientific matter like chemistry or math and physics formulas.

Occasionally, you may want to prepare a presentation for school or business. Pauk makes this simple by enabling you to import Microsoft PowerPoint slides into the Learning System. When you do so, Pauk will automatically distribute the content of the slides onto the question and answer cards.

How to learn

5 Methods for learning:

  1. Basic 6 level Flashcard System: Cards will move up from level 0 to level 5, depending on whether or not you answer correctly. This means that correct answers promote movement to cards at the next level up. On the other hand, wrong answers set the card back to level 0.
  2. SpacedRep: Spaced Repetition will space the waiting time between repetitions, increasing the spacing gradually at higher levels. Hence, only cards that are due for repetition come up automatically. The default waiting time is based on the Fibonacci sequence. However, depending on your personal situation, these numbers can be automatically adapted with MySpacing.
  3. MySpacingAutomatically adapts the SpacedRep spacing to your personal learning style and the complexity of each card. This is useful because of the high variation in individual learning situations, such as the age of the learner, the subject, etc.
  4. KickStart: Use this method if you want to learn a subject for the very first time. Kickstart automatically sizes a deck of cards in ideal portions and repeats incorrect answers more quickly.
  5. ExamMode: Assuming you’ve already repeated your cards in preparation for the exam, ExamMode only repeats the cards hanging in lower levels (0-3). You save time by not repeating cards you already know (Level 4 and 5). Your practice is much faster because you are only repeating the knowledge gaps, which takes less time.

Learn your PowerPointsImport your PPTs into Pauk, and the import logic will automatically propose the Question and the Answer Cards. With little to no adaptation, you can learn and practice your presentation.

Share Cards

Pauk Flashcards include all of the card’s information in the file, which is stored on your hard disk (audio, picture etc.). This means that you are not dependent on a specific website to access the full content. This is also why you can send your flashcard files to anybody in order to edit them or learn from them anywhere.

Use existing cards

If you’ve already created Flashcards on other systems like Quizlet or Cram or in a text editor, you can convert them to Pauk files here. Thus, you can benefit from a lot of already existing material. However, writing your own is still the best way to prepare for your tests.

Pauk is Java-based. Click here if you have need to update or install Java.

Why creating your own set of flashcards is vital to your learning process.

You can save a lot of time by writing your abstracts into Pauk directly.

Learn how Pauk can help you connect the dots.

paukerPauk Copy