Someone here (I forget whom), a while back, recommended the Anki flashcard program, and I greatly appreciate this. I've used this to memorize many vocabulary words. I think generating a list of common words from the text I'm working on, putting them into Anki, and getting them into my head is a necessary prerequisite to reading Latin works. As for how to easily generate these lists (like at the back of Pharr's Aeneid), I have no good idea, and would eagerly solicit other's opinions.
But recently, I remember someone else here saying that they create flashcards each with whole sentences and their translations. I'm curious how many people do this, and how effective it is? Are you trying to memorize the translations phrase by phrase? And which sentences do you do? All the sentences from whatever you are currently reading? Example sentences from a textbook? Idiomatic sentences, like those in the back of "Six weeks prep. for Caesar"?
I like Anki a lot, especially on my phone, because it lets me make use of many stolen moments throughout the day -- waiting for bus, waiting for a computer to start up/shutdown, making coffee, etc. I've been trying this with sentences. I like finding more time in my day to work on Latin, even a couple of minutes at a time throughout the day. However, it seems like Anki is designed to make me memorize these sentences, and I'm not sure I want to memory sentences and their translation, I want to be able to read new sentences without any a priori memorization. If I've seen a given sentence four or five times in a week, I stop "seeing" it, and just know what this one means. While that's great for individual vocabulary words, and I'm not sure that's a good use of time for whole sentences. Any thoughts?
Finally, I'm curious what common strategies are for memorizing words with unusual uses or grammar. For example, a list of verbs which take the ablative. In the past, I've just tried to memorize these as a set together. But, now I wonder if it is better to just remember, say, careo's ablativeness along with the definition when I'm memorizing that? If you do try to memorize sets of words like this, it seems that Anki isn't that useful -- it is really designed to help memory linked pairs of words. I suppose folks just use old-fashioned memory trick to memorize these?