Studies remembering "saved state" of uncompleted study sessions

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18 Feb, 2017 10:15 AM

Hi, I think I brought this up somewhere, but can't find my post back, so consider this a bump.
It would be helpful if Studies could remember the state of uncompleted study sessions, so it can take of from where it left it for each uncompleted lesson, without starting it from scratch.
In case I'm not clear, lets say I want to study different stacks more or less simultaneously, but without having time to complete each of them. Studies only remembers the last stack studied and forgets about where it was for the other stacks, shoveling me back flashcards I had already studied.
Should it be too difficult for having Studies remember what cards it already displayed or not for each stack that's being studied?
It would be very helpful...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 20 Feb, 2017 07:46 AM

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    Thanks for the feedback. Studies does of course remember where it was, but as you point out, it assumes you will study one session at a time.

    We could 'remember' the state of sessions for each stack, but things start to get complicated when you study due notes, or you select several stacks to study, or you choose settings specific to a particular session (eg wrong notes only). I can see some people could get very confused when after a week of not studying a stack, they start a session, and an existing stack appears half way through, perhaps only with wrong notes in it or something like that.

    So the idea is certainly worth considering, and we have thought about it in the past, but there are definitely some challenges in the interface there (not technical challenges). In the end, we concluded people generally only study one session at a time, and won't get confused by that. If you want to study something else, you start a new session.

    Incidentally, I highly recommend using the study scheduling that is built in. If you use a schedule, and study due notes, it is not a problem to start a new session, because the due notes you already studied get rescheduled for the future, and you don't see them again until they become due again. It is generally a lot more efficient than just studying a whole stack.

    Thanks for the feedback. It is very useful.

    Kind regards,

  2. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 20 Feb, 2017 07:46 AM.

  3. istudies re-opened this discussion on 20 Feb, 2017 12:12 PM

  4. 2 Posted by istudies on 20 Feb, 2017 12:12 PM

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    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    There is a use where this remembering is useful, though, it's when it's being used for teaching purposes.

    One would have to be able to test either the same or different stacks for different classes the same day. In that case, it would be very helpful having Studies remember where it left off for each stack being tested...

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 20 Feb, 2017 12:21 PM

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    Fair enough, yes, in that case it would help. But that is not really our primary focus. The app is more designed for individual study.

    If you are using the app like that, I guess your best option would be to flag the note you get to with the class, and the next day, use shift-click to select the notes in the stack after the flagged note, and choose to start a session with the ‘Selected Notes’.

    Note ideal, but probably doable.

    Thanks again for the feedback.
    Kind regards,

  6. 4 Posted by istudies on 21 Feb, 2017 08:47 AM

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    ok, how do I shift-click on iOS ?

  7. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 21 Feb, 2017 09:10 AM

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    Ah, you can select multiple notes on iOS, but we don’t yet support study sessions for selected notes on that platform, so it won’t help actually.

    It is on our to-do list to add that, but for now, I’m afraid you will probably have to simply skip through your stack session to where you were. Note that you can pinch to zoom out of the study session, and quickly swipe along to where you were last at.

    Kind regards,

  8. 6 Posted by istudies on 22 Feb, 2017 09:00 AM

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    Well, you know, be it on iOS or Mac, there is a case where even for personal studying, it'd be helpful having Studies remember where it left off : that's when language students study multiple languages at once, which isn't at all that exceptional. You would have multiple stacks by language, wanting to flip through several language-related stacks more or less simultaneously, as time allows and wanting to take up each one when time permits. Looks like quite an essential feature to me ...

  9. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 22 Feb, 2017 09:03 AM

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    Studies does remember where it left off, and will even sync that across devices, but only for one study session.

    I think it would be harder to make this feature that you think it would be. We would need a list of your study history, or something, and you would have to pick which one you wanted to do. Not impossible, but I think it would make choosing a starting a session a bit more difficult.

    In any case, thanks for the feedback. It is very useful.
    Kind regards,

  10. 8 Posted by istudies on 22 Feb, 2017 12:37 PM

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    As you said, it's more a question of UI than technical...
    I'm sure it would make iStudies even more useful for many implementing this feature.

  11. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 22 Feb, 2017 12:52 PM.

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