Spaced repetition: pros and cons?
Hey fellow italk'ers!
During the last half a year, I experimented a lot with expanding my vocabulary. I tried memorizing just 1 word a day, creating paper flashcards, reading books, and writing down new words.
About half a year ago, I came across a learning technique called "spaced repetition."
Spaced repetition is a centuries-old psychological technique for efficient memorization & practice of skills where instead of attempting to memorize by ‘cramming’, memorization can be done far more efficiently by instead spacing out each review, with increasing durations as one learns the item, with the scheduling done by software.
Because of the greater efficiency of its slow but steady approach, spaced repetition can scale to memorizing hundreds of thousands of items (while crammed items are almost immediately forgotten) and is especially useful for foreign languages & medical studies.
During the last half a year, I tried multiple flashcards app, mostly Anki and Quizlet. But I didn't feel satisfied with them: Anki is super user-unfriendly and clunky while Quizlet doesn't really have any spaced repetition in place, they just show you cards one by one :(
So about a month ago, I teamed up with my friend to build a simple nice-looking flashcards app that utilized the power of spaced repetition.
We've just shipped the first version of it and would really love to get your feedback: https://kartka.ai
Have you tried spaced repetition? What are your thoughts on it?