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Flashcards Get Smarter

Flashcards Get Smarter So You Can, Too
New digital versions make it easier to memorize material in spare minutes; learning Mandarin, first aid, art history
April 28, 2015

The programs are based on research showing that spaced repetition, or repeated exposure to information at planned intervals, is the most powerful way to fix knowledge in one’s memory. Each digital flashcard is repeated at intervals, based on the degree of difficulty for the user. The hardest quiz items come up for review within a few hours or days, and easier ones are repeated every few weeks or months—when the user may be about to forget the answer.
Anki has been downloaded 2.5 million times since it was launched in 2006, including 850,000 installations in the past 12 months, says Damien Elmes of Sydney, Australia, the program’s creator.
Anki is free for computers and on the Web, or $24.99 for the iPhone and iPad mobile app
… Once she has information firmly in mind, she discards the card.
Cambridge University Press
We are thrilled to be partnering with Memrise to help English learners everywhere.
London-based Memrise uses spaced repetition along with frequent testing, competitions among users, and memory-boosting tricks, such as showing users how to link facts they’re trying to learn with memorable images or things they already know.
People use Memrise to improve their technical vocabulary in fields ranging from oil drilling to medicine, says Ed Cooke, chief executive officer of Memrise, whose memory skills and coaching were described in the book, “Moonwalking with Einstein.”
Cerego, San Francisco, a program designed for use both in classrooms and by consumers, tracks the user’s performance item by item, measuring how long each answer takes and analyzing patterns of correct and incorrect responses, says Andrew Smith Lewis, co-founder and executive chairman. The program selects the items the user most needs to review, creates lessons based on them and graphs the user’s progress in each course.
Researchers at Excelsior College are studying whether using Cerego can help students learn more in online math and biology classes, says Jason Bryer, a senior researcher at Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y. Preliminary results from a 2014 study of 1,000 students found those who used the program got better grades

The effectiveness of spaced-repetition programs has been documented in hundreds of studies dating back more than a century, says a 2012 study in Educational Psychology Review.
Researchers and students began using spaced repetition with paper flashcards as early as the 1970s, employing a method called the Leitner system.

a spaced-repetition program called Skritter
Nick Winter of San Francisco co-founded Skritter in 2009 because studying Chinese in college was so difficult. “You spend eight hours a day in the classroom trying to learn facts, and after the semester is over you forget 98% of it—and all those years of your life are gone,” he says.

Others use flashcard programs for self-improvement. Spencer Greenberg of New York, founder of, a website offering tools to help people improve their decision-making, uses a spaced-repetition system he created to remember tips on interviewing software engineers and making successful presentations.

Mr. Winter, co-founder of CodeCombat, a videogame that teaches programming …

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Raymond Kurzweil then demonstrated the computer, which he built himself — a desk-size affair with loudly clacking relays, hooked up to a typewriter. The panelists were pretty blasé about it; they were more impressed by Kurzweil’s age than by anything he’d actually done. But Kurzweil would spend much of the rest of his career working out what his demonstration meant.,9171,2048299,00.html


Washington, B.C. is a blasé and socially  jaded city where almost anything can  happen without drawing a crowd.  But even Washingtonians were impressed one  blazing afternoon last week  by a pastoral scene near suburban Olney, across the  District line in  Maryland. The throb of hooves on turf, the click of mallets on  willow root balls, and the clink of ice in highball glasses were  enough to  identify the occasion as a polo match, but the diplomatic  license tags and the  Caddies and Jags that outlined the field indicated  that it was of…,9171,893043,00.html


In colleges throughout the land last week janitors and charladies began once more to shuffle about their leisurely jobs. Pop-eyed new students and blasé old ones busied themselves with multitudinous activities. College presidents delivered themselves of sapient dicta. College merchants once more did business. The Press delivered its annual salutes to learning.,9171,746136,00.html


Nervous. Iowa’s cows and chickens were blasé about ordinary airplanes. They had seen three other Register and Tribune monoplanes weave a zig-zag pattern in the Hawkeye skies. But they were vaguely uneasy about the flying windmill that landed like a…,9171,789378,00.html


Parisians, wholesomely blasé to most human foibles, read last week with revulsion of the strange cravings of geophagists.,9171,729830,00.html


Even blasé New Yorkers gawked at the razzle-dazzle last week when Food Fair Stores Inc. opened two spick & span new supermarkets. Skywriting planes swept overhead. Models paraded by in hats adorned with lobsters and sirloin steaks. Mayor Impellitteri came to shop, Tex & Jinx McCrary put on a broadcast, and television’s Dagmar, surrounded by a crowd of 7,000, had her automobile license plates ripped off as souvenirs. Inside the air-conditioned stores, shoppers snatched at bargains (chicken at 39¢ a lb.), boggled at such curiosities as ostrich eggs at $45 apiece, llama steaks at $2.50 a lb.,9171,859316,00.html


The prophets of economic disaster have so long pointed out the dangers to Germany in hopelessly inflating her paper currency that Wall Street has become blasé to the impending financial collapse of Germany.,9171,716404,00.html


Reluctant but extraordinary tributes were paid last week by Paris’ most blasé correspondents to Premier Pierre Laval, the shrewd, earthy “Honest Broker” of the negotiations to make peace at Ethiopia’s expense.,9171,755506,00.html


“Why, a woman is going to ride horseback from Columbus Circle to 42nd St. dressed like Lady Godiva. You’d better stay over and see.”

“Oh boy! Will I stay?” shouted Detroiter. “Why, I haven’t seen a horse for 20 years!”

That the blasé dinner guests who tell this story are being more apt than risqué,…,9171,736730,00.html



The Labyrinth of Technology: A Preventive Technology and Economic Strategy as a Way Out
By Willem H. Vanderburg
University of Toronto Press, Nov 2000
Chapter 10. Work
Low-strain jobs are found in situations where there are few psychological demands and high levels of control. In these so-called leisurely jobs, people are actually made healthier and happier at work. The high level of control allows such workers to optimally respond to their duties with minimal psychological strain. The work of most natural scientists, senior professors, and architects falls in this quadrant. Some lower-status jobs such as repairman, lineman, and foreman, also fit this category.

War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English

War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English
May 25, 2013

Those in favor of the proposal say it will attract more international students and improve English language skills of French students. But opponents say the move will only impoverish and marginalize the country’s tongue.

“We need to be able to welcome students from emerging countries like Korea, India and Brazil, to study science, economics and technology,” Genevieve Fioraso, the minister for higher education, said. “And they don’t come to France now because of the language barrier.”

Once the language of diplomacy and the world’s elite, French now ranks as the world’s eighth-most-spoken language. The Academie Francaise, set up in 1635 as the official guardian of the language, regularly comes up with French alternatives to English tech words. But words like mot-diese and ordimobile rarely catch on with a younger generation that prefers to stick with “hashtag” and “smartphone.” Even French newspaper Liberation had a front-page headline in English endorsing the measure this week: “Let’s do it!”

While a 1994 law bars classes being taught in English from nursery school to university, elite private business schools and French grandes ecoles, the equivalent of American Ivy Leagues, have long been teaching in the language of Shakespeare.

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