Technical Questions and Tutorial
First, we’ll start with a general overview of the program:
Getting to know the toolbar:
Getting to know your editing toolbar:
Adding a new card group
What is the difference between a card group and a card set?
A card group is the general category such as “Physics” and the card set is a subcategory such as “Equations” or “Experiments”
How do I add a card group?
Simply click on the New icon as shown above. A box should appear asking you to add either ard Group or a Card Set.
How do I Add a card set?
How do I Delete a card group/set?
Check the card group or set you’d like to delete and then click the delete button.
Editing Your Cards
To the right of the screen is where you will edit your cards.
How do I add text to my card?
Click on the desired card (front or back – you can tell because the Front or Back button will be highlighted). Next click on the Text Box icon
Add the text desired.
OK, I put my text in. Can I resize text & pictures and move it around?
Yes. Click on the Text Box or picture and you will be able to expand or shrink the text to the desired size.
How do I move the text/pictures around?
Move your mouse to the middle of the box and the hand cursor should appear. Left click down and you can move the text to the desired position.
How do I delete a card? I keep pressing the button and the card won’t delete!
To delete a card simply press the “Delete Card” button as shown below:
What does the Thumbnail Height bar do?
As shown below, the bar decreases the size of the viewable card.
Playing and studying your flashcards
Click the Play Button, and it will look like this:
Tracking Your Responses:
Lets do an example to show how this feature works.
OK, so lets try to answer the question above in our heads or out loud while studying. Hit the “Flip Card.” Now mark the card as Correct or Wrong (Missed)
What is “Spaced Learning?”
Spaced Learning is based off the Leitner system for studying a lot of information. In essence, the method allows you to rate your card based on how well you answered the question. See below:
|Excellent||Knew the question right off the bat and did not hesitate or have to think very hard to come up with the correct answer.|
|Good||You answered the question correctly but you had to think deeply to come up with the correct response|
|OK||It took an extremely long amount of time to come up with the answer, and/or part of your answer was partially wrong.|
|Fail||You got the answer incorrect, or you did not know.|
Once you have graded your card, “Spaced Learning” will then calculate the next interval for repetition of that particular card based on an algorithm that takes into account how many times you answered the question correctly.
Thus, you will review the cards that you do not know more often and review the cards that you DO know less often. The advantage of this is that you do not waste valuable time reviewing information you already know!
For example, lets say that I first see a card that I am very familiar with. I look at the answer for verification, and I then mark the card as “Excellent.” Since it is the first time, I will not see this card again for 5 days.
5 days goes by and I see the same question again. I still remember the answer to the question with ease and again answer Excellent, so the interval increases to 13 days.
If you see the question for the third time and answer correctly, the interval time increases exponentially until you do not see the card again for a very long time (in essence the card is in your long term memory, and you do not need to study it anymore).
This allows you to focus your efforts on the material that you struggle with and not worry about information you already know.
How do I turn on “Spaced Learning?”
Go to the Settings menu. Then click on the Spaced Learning Button.
How do I turn Spaced Learning off?
Go to the Settings menu. Then click on the Normal Button.
Getting to know your Spaced Learning Statistics Bar:
I keep seeing the same question over and over again? Why?
Once you mark a card as “Fail”, it will be moved to the repeat pile. As long as you keep marking the card as “Fail”, you will continue to see the card in the review pile. You will see the card as many times as is necessary until you memorize the answer and answer correctly with an “Excellent” or a “Good.”
I thought if you mark a card as “Excellent” on the first time you see the card, you won’t see the card for 5 days. I am seeing the card in 1 day, is something wrong?
No. Once you mark a card as “Fail”, it will go to the repeat pile. When you then memorize the correct answer, and the second or third time (or however long it takes to memorize the card), you will repeat the card in 1 day because you had trouble with the card. If you see the same card the next day and answer it “Excellent”, you then will not see the card for 5 days.
I am confused by the intervals in Spaced Learning. Can you explain it?
We understand that this maybe seem like a new concept, but most people are surprised that they are already familiar with these concepts if they use flashcards. They have a stack of flashcards, and they separate them into different piles depending on how they are answered. Some separate them into “Right” and “Wrong” piles, and more emphasis is placed on the “Wrong” piles. We do the same thing albeit a little more sophisticated, but the concept is the same.
Can I just use Spaced Learning and forget about the details?
Yes. The program was designed to just be used and for the user not to worry about the complexities that is going on in the background. Just answer the questions in the card set (or the entire program), and rate your answers honestly. As you continue to study, answer the questions as they come due for review, and forget about the interview. You will learn faster and will retain the information longer by using Spaced Learning.
Can I trust Spaced Learning?
We have used and tested Spaced Learning for thousands of hours, and it is a trustworthy and efficient way of studying material.
Why is Spaced Learning better than Manually Tracking Responses?
We feel that you learn more efficiently using Spaced Learning. Each card is customized to the optimal repetition based on your responses. It can be a little different to get used to, but we are confident that as you continue in your studying, you will realize the power of Spaced Learning, and how it will help your learning at a fast rate.
How do I search for text in the program?
At the top right of your screen there is a search bar. Type in the text you are looking for and click the search icon. The following screen will appear:
Select the card you are looking for, and the program will automatically go to that specific card.
Can I change the color of the flashcard?
Yes. See Below.
Getting to know your Admin Panel:
What is the correct format for importing from a text document?
What are the shortcuts for your program?
|Flip Card||SpaceBar Button or Ctrl Button|
|Next Card||Right Arrow|
|Previous Card||Left Arrow|
|Paste||Ctrl + V|
|Manually Track Responses|
|Mark Card as Correct||C|
|Mark Card as Missed or Wrong||M or W|
|Mark Card as Excellent||E|
|Mark Card as Good||G|
|Mark Card as OK||O|
|Mark Card as Fail||F|
Can I paste a text in from another program like Microsoft Word?
Yes you can. You can paste text from the clipboard. You can drag and drop an image from your computer to the flashcard program.
I’d like to print the flashcards out, is this possible?
Yes. Select the card groups (by checking the boxes of the card sets or card groups you’d like to print) and then click the print icon.