Follow up to "Spaced Repetition" question

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22 Feb, 2011 01:43 PM

Hey Drew!

This is a follow up to the "Spaced Repetition" question asked and answered a few days ago ( I have wondered this precise same question, but your answer was not quite as specific as I had hoped.

The specific issue / question is: If I answer note x WRONG on the iPhone, and then complete the lesson, and then START the lesson again (now, hopefully, with fewer notes in it) but WITHOUT first syncing to the mac, and I now answer question x correctly, what happens? My impression is that the iPhone now thinks the note was answered correctly (which, in theory it was), so when I now sync to the Mac, the note is marked as correct and the learning incremented, not decremented.

This is not an issue, but just a geek wanting to understand a little more of precisely how the app works, and what will happen when (now very very rare) the "resume lesson" is not available on the iphone.

Thanks in advance, Nic.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 22 Feb, 2011 01:57 PM

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    Hi Nic,
    Boy, tough one. Actually had to look in the code to figure out what happens.
    It's like this: If you mark a note wrong, and then exit the slideshow somehow, it will stay wrong at the next sync, even if you revisit it and mark it right. So you can think of it as: once wrong, always wrong. I guess that probably makes sense, because if you are not sure whether something is 'wrong', you probably don't know it well enough, and it should be considered wrong for scheduling purposes.
    Hope that helps.
    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by nic on 25 Feb, 2011 10:33 AM

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    Actually, it makes perfect sense and is how I would like it to be… but I wasn't certain. But to be clear, I am talking about restarting the lesson on the touch device - not just resuming the lesson, because I know that when the note reappears in the same lesson, even marking it right does, of course, not change the status.

    Anyway, thanks… I don't need you to look at more code, and I'm sure most readers here appreciate your quick and helpful responses.


  3. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 01 Mar, 2011 09:59 AM.

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