I've been playing around with Anki, the spaced repetition application, A LOT in the last few weeks. This will certainly not be the last post about Anki, but I'll start with a simple reference post for me to remember where I learned how Anki's learning steps work.
Check out this video:
- the different types of cards in Anki,
- how learning intervals are calculated,
- what the ease and interval modifiers are,
- what the ease factor is, and
- how answers modify the interval.
It also talks in depth about "Ease Hell", what it is, and how to avoid it.
Now I finally understand what Anki's Learning Phase is all about (12:34), and how to best use it. Money quote:
Answering a card incorrectly in the learning phase does not change its ease factor.
The proposed settings for the Learning Phase are:
- Steps (minutes): 15 1440 8640
- Graduating Interval (days): 15
These numbers are based on the SuperMemo 2 algorithm (18:34), which is what Anki is actually using, just not with sane default. Watch the whole video for more details. It's worth it!