I have a question in reference to the scheduling system in Mental Case. If I study a note that isn't due, will that affect it's due status? Or more specifically, does any studying with a note outside of studying it when it's due, affect it within the scheduling system? This question stems from a previous discussion of the Leitner system, and how the cards move up or down a "box" depending on if you get it right or not. So if I study a card when it isn't due, does that affect it's position in the "due status algorithm"? This could even be studying a specific note, and therefore creating a studying record for it, before I turn on the scheduling for that note. Will the scheduling take into account the times I have already gotten that note right or wrong?
Also, is there a quick way to know my how many, or perhaps what percentage, of a stack I have successfully learned? I know I can look at each note individually, but for the hundreds I have that would take a while.
Feel free to make this discussion public if it will aid others in their studying pursuits.
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Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 29 Oct, 2013 07:58 AM
The way it works with scheduling of notes that are not due is a little complicated. In general, studying a note that is not due will not affect its schedule. That makes sense, because otherwise you would be breaking the schedule, and it may not be effective.
However, if you study a note that could be due, but is not due to limits you set, then its schedule will be updated as if it were already due. That is because the note is eligible to be due, but some limit is preventing it from actually becoming due. This should only be a factor if you are limiting the number of notes that can be due in each stack.
Study records are created each time you study a note, regardless of the schedule. These records are used to update your expected retention score. When you change schedule, the new schedule starts from the beginning, ignoring any previous study sessions. In other words, all study sessions affect your retention score, but for scheduling, only the relevant sessions are included.
At the moment we don't have stack wide stats. The best you can do is look at the statistics graphs while you are studying that stack. You don't see any Leitner scores, but it should give you an idea of your expected average retention time. We would like to add stack statistics in a future update.
2 Posted by Wayne Furrie on 31 Oct, 2013 04:00 AM
Thanks for the thorough reply. That helps me in better understanding how I should be studying.
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