Short term cramming

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06 Oct, 2014 02:54 PM

First of all thanks for your wonderful app which Has made memmorizing most of my lessons much easier in med school.
Second I had a question in short term cramming method:
 if I start studying a card and I answer it correctly for 5 consecutive times will the card be excluded for ever from the schedule in short term cramming method?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 06 Oct, 2014 03:14 PM

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    Yes, it should be. Once it reaches the last 'box' it should be finished.
    You can always start a different schedule later (eg long term).

    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Ali on 06 Oct, 2014 03:28 PM

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    Thanks for your rapid answer! By the way how much time does it take to exclude a card (assuming answering correctly for 5 consecutive times?)

    Actually previously I tried to use leitner by creating a box with handy flash cards by my own and by that method a card would take at least one month to be excluded from the boxes. By that method all my cards stick in my brain at least for long time like one year! I just wanted to know whether the leitner system mental case uses is the same as I experienced by making my own flash cards before or not?!(the problem with long term schedule in my setting is that , I create almost 2000 flash cards per month and this makes studying long term schedule very hard to me that is why I want to switch to simple leitner system)
    Thanks a lot!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 06 Oct, 2014 03:33 PM

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    Hi Ali,
    The Leitner system used in Mental Case is not time based. It is purely based on boxes. You can refresh the due status as often as you like in one day. That's why it is useful for cramming.
    So there is no 1 month limit or anything like that. Once the notes are in the last box, they are finished.
    The long term system is better, in principle, because it is based on scientific time periods. If you find you have too many notes, you can try just turning on the schedule one stack at a time. When the number of slides per day drops to a manageable level, turn on the long term schedule on some other stacks, etc. In this way, you can build up, and still get the benefit of the long term (spaced repetition) algorithm.
    Kind regards,

  4. 4 Posted by Ali on 06 Oct, 2014 03:41 PM

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    Sorry for my questions! What happens if I miss a due card one day? Would it be rescheduled if I miss it to study in a specific date which the app tells me to do?

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 06 Oct, 2014 03:48 PM

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    When a note becomes due, it stays due until you study it.
    It won't get rescheduled, but will remain due.
    Note that you can control how many notes can be due for each stack. You can also use this to keep the number of due notes under control.

    Kind regards,

  6. 6 Posted by Ali on 06 Oct, 2014 03:50 PM

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    Thanks for your fantastic support:)!

    Best wishes

  7. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 06 Oct, 2014 03:59 PM.

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