Separate Mental Case databases?

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19 May, 2011 03:04 PM


Most of the Mental Case notes I create have questions can be answered in a few seconds. But, there are some things I'd like to use Mental Case to remind me about at long intervals that take some minutes of thought to get through. These two kinds of use don't mix together well. I want to have sessions that only have quick questions, and sessions that only have long questions.

I understand that I could have two cases, one for quick questions and one for long questions. But for organizational purposes, I like having a number of cases for quick questions.

Given that setup, is there any easy way I can separate the quick questions from the long ones, so that I can only do one type in a particular session?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 19 May, 2011 03:44 PM

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    Hi Gary,
    I'm not completely sure I understand the problem, but it does seem the best way to do that at the moment would be to have one or more cases of long questions, and one or more of short? You could also make a case collection for all short questions, and one for all long ones.
    Don't know if that helps.
    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by garyrob on 19 May, 2011 07:51 PM

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    Thanks Drew,

    The problem is that when I'm doing quick questions, I get into a groove and it's a good standard flashcard like learning experience; but if, in the middle of that, I get a question that takes minutes (perhaps > 10 minutes) of work to go through, it's an entirely different thing. I may not even have time for it at the moment, but in any case, I have found that for me, the two different kinds of review just don't mix. Sometimes it's important for me to review something that takes a lot of thinking, and maybe paper & pencil, to review; sometimes it's not. I just need to keep those experiences separate.

    I can just have a list for the longer tasks, outside of Mental Case, and maybe that's what I'll do, but I wanted to see if MC could help.

    I just now experimented with Case Collections. I had hope, but I don't see how to get it to create a review where it only asks questions from one of the Collections.

    Of course I could have a bunch of different cases, some of which focus on long and some of which on short, but I don't want to have to choose a particular case to study each time; I want to retain the current mix, but segregate the long ones. It would be OK for all the long ones to go into just one case because there are a lot fewer of them. But I still want the case organization for the short ones.

    Thanks again for listening & answering!

  3. 3 Posted by garyrob on 19 May, 2011 08:01 PM

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    To put it a bit differently, what I'm looking for is some way to group cases together so that a study session can be comprised of different collection of cases.

    For me, the reason to do that is that I have many quick questions, which need to be organized by case, but need to be segregated from questions that take a long time to think through. But perhaps other people have different reasons -- like work vs school-related questions, which they'd rather keep separate, but which each comprise collections that should be organized in multiple cases.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by drewmccormack on 19 May, 2011 08:54 PM

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    Hi Gary,
    Can't you just select the cases and or case collections you want to study, and choose 'View Notes in Selected Case' or 'Study Lesson Notes in Case'. These types of menu items allow you to choose which cases to study.
    Kind regards,

  5. 5 Posted by garyrob on 20 May, 2011 01:36 PM

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    If I choose "view notes in case" it appears to go through the notes without regard to the schedule or how many times I've seen each note.

    For some reason, when I have a case or case collection selected, "Study Lesson Notes In Case" is grayed out so I can't determine whether that would suit my purpose. What must one do to make that menu item active??

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by drewmccormack on 20 May, 2011 02:51 PM

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    Hi Gary,
    The 'View notes in case' option is indeed for studying separate to the schedule.
    If you use the 'study' option, it should only show due notes. It should be active whenever the selected case has one or more notes due for study. Otherwise it will be grayed out.
    Kind regards,

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