Borrowing a few ideas

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21 Nov, 2013 03:20 PM

I thought I would make some suggestions based on some of useful features from a competitor

1) A cloze feature - Right now if I wanted to make a flashcard based off the sentence, "Cranial Nerve 3 and Cranial Nerve 4 come from the midbrain" I would have to make 2 cards and use underscores --> "Cranial Nerve ___ and Cranial Nerve ____ come from the midbrain"

The cloze feature lets you either copy & paste text or enter it manually as the original sentence, but then you select any portion of the sentence you want to be hidden without the need for making a bunch of underscores in the question field and then the full sentence in the answer field. You can even make multiple different parts hidden enabling multiple card creation from 1 sentence. This greatly speeds up note creation, especially if you use digital notes to make your own flashcards.

2) A study schedule for new material. I know at the moment you have a repeat card feature during slideshows, but it is not dynamic (Probably because it is difficult to program). If you are trying to learn a new deck that is very long, 1 repeat shortly after and 1 repeat at the end are not frequent enough to commit the card to memory even using a limited number of cards in a Cram slideshow. An alternative could be for example...

Lets say you have 10 card in your deck. You get the 1st card wrong, so it gets placed 2 cards back so you see it again really quick. If you get the card wrong again it appears 2 cards back again (This would continue till you got it right). If you get it right the 3rd time in slideshow, the card now moves back 10 spaces. On the 4th try you see the card, if you get it wrong, its repeated in 2 cards OR if you got it right it considered learned and will not appear again in the current slideshow. The slideshow would CONTINUE, until every card is answered correctly 3 or 4 times in a row at . Essentially, it would be a dynamic learning feature that adapts within the slideshow focusing on learning new material. I have seen a number of requests for such a feature on this forum so I feel like the demand is there.

-Thanks LA

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 22 Nov, 2013 08:15 AM

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    Thanks for the feedback. They are good suggestions, and we will consider them in future.

    In terms of the second one, I think you could approximate this already as follows:

    1) Study the whole stack, marking right/wrong. This would give you up to 2 repeats.
    2) Start a new slideshow for 'Wrongly Answers Notes'. This gives you 2 more repeats.
    3) Repeat until satisfied, then turn on your study schedule.

    Thanks again.
    Kind regards,

    PS If you like our app, please consider reviewing it in the App Store. It really helps.

  2. 2 Posted by LA on 22 Nov, 2013 07:53 PM

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    The explanation of the cloze feature is a little confusing, but I'm sure you know to what I am referring. If not, I would take a peek at the other flashcard app that starts with the letter "A" and ends in "I". No need for competitive advertising here. Yes, I agree with your second comment on how to repeat notes and limiting the stack size. The only issue is the speed at which it is done. Perhaps allowing the ability to SAVE the parameters of a custom slideshow could make the process a little more fluid.

    Don't worry. I always rate MC well. You guys have made a terrific app and I look forward to your future updates. Especially, the iCloud changes you have mentioned before.


  3. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 22 Nov, 2013 08:50 PM.

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