Friday, June 13, 2014

The Battle Continues

This blog is not abandoned, and I have not given up on it. It is surprising how quickly time flies by. I always told myself "I'll post again on the blog," and other things end up getting in the way.

If an alien was watching me like a lab rat or something, he would not notice many changes. I still continue to learn using SuperMemo, continue to experiment on my memory, etc.

A few notable things have happened over the last year:

-SuperMemo 16 is out. Most of the large changes would be noticeable only to fanatics like myself, but I nonetheless embraced SuperMemo 16 from day 1. I hardly ever use Incremental Video (I use other apps to do the same thing), but a few of the changes (Such as quickly being able to use the "find" command, faster importing of large documents, etc.) are more than welcome.

-Touch screen Windows tablets are becoming normal. I purchased a Dell Venue Pro 8 for the purpose of doing SuperMemo on it, and while it isn't perfect, it is certainly a step in the direction I want (Tablet based Incremental Reading is my dream).

-Using SuperMemo to listen to music. I'll cover it in more detail later, but basically it is possible to use SuperMemo to keep track of what music you need to listen to (So you don't forget it). Come to think of it, I've been using SuperMemo to keep track of more and more of my entertainment life.

-My database is now above 70,000 items.

-My search for reliable vocabulary storage solutions (For new languages such as Arabic, Hindi, etc.) continues.

I hope to be more regular with updating you with my progress.

Thanks for your continued patience, keep learning!

20 comments:

  1. "I hardly ever use Incremental Video (I use other apps to do the same thing),";

    What do you use?

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    1. An app called SWIFT for the iPhone or iPad. I'll make a detailed post about it soon.

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    2. Awesome! Looking forward to more posts from you.

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  2. Good day!
    Good news, blog is alive. Hope to see new posts in future.

    Zak.

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  3. This blog is not abandoned, and I have not given up on it. It is surprising how quickly time flies by. I always told myself "I'll post again on the blog," and other things end up getting in the way.

    How about using tasklists and plan do keep track of posting on the blog? :)

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  4. Hello! I really liked your blog, very informative!

    But, could you please send me a link to download Supermemo 16 (or other recent version) for free? I would really love to pay for the software, but I do not own dollars or an international credit card (I live in Argentina).

    Thank you, and sorry for my bad English.

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  5. Great to find you alive and kicking! I had a break for the last two years from supermemo, but I'd like to get back on track!

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  6. BTW Perhaps it would be a good idea to reactivate some kind of user group?? What do you think?

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  7. That sounds like a great idea, I am not sure how to go about doing it… Should I create a forum for it or something?

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  8. facebook invite-only group maybe? It's convenient cause everybody visits fb. Or maybe a google group?

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  9. What happened to the incremental reading video :3
    Awesome blog btw

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  10. Hi,
    I used to use Super memo to improve my English some time ago and now I'm back to check out this new function to me: Incremental reading. I wonder how did you solve this kind of problem in SM. In fact SM eventually comes to creating simple question and answear pattern. Let's say we have list consist of few items. for exaple: Five Primary Elements for lean manufacturing are(1) ManufacturingFlow, (2) Organization, (3) Process Control, (4) Metrics, and (5) Logistic. How to put this in SM system to achieve situation that I will perfectly remember those 5 elements and they "belong" to definicion of lean manufacturing. Or if the list is bigger? How to deal with this kind of information in SM. Thanks in advance for Your anwear.
    Kris

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  11. I'm not sure if you have made a post about this, but how has Supermemo affected your life?

    Do you feel that it has made you more knowledgeable than the average person? Do often come up with good insights since you have learned a great deal about various things that you are able to make interesting connections?
    Does it help you at work?
    Are you now a more interesting person than when you first started (in conversation with people)?

    I guess I'm wondering whether I should devote the time to Supermemo as I find it hard to stick to it long enough to see that the Supermemo process is benefiting me in everyday life.

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  12. There is a user group in google groups but i think you only get in trough invitation. Its great you have continued the blog. I'm still trying to do the same

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  13. Hi Little Fish,
    I'm a student interested in using supermemo but I feel it would be unnecessary due to the amount of material that has to be mastered, especially if your course is medicine. I've been following this blog of a doctor who shares how she studied during medical school. http://drnjbmd.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/study-skills-part-vi, and also read her other "Study Skills" post on her blog to get a better understanding. And what she does seems to match with the idea of spaced review and repetitions where she previews for an upcoming subject(rep.) so that she can listen efficiently to the teacher as he/she discusses (rep.) then after the lesson has been discussed she will study it then afterwards will connect what she has studied today with what she has studied yesterday (rep.) and then previewing again (rep.) for the subjects tomorrow, she does this with every subject and then on the weekend she reviews the entire weeks material(another rep.).
    And she also used to post on student doctor network and here is a very interesting post, http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/being-in-the-top-percentile-of-your-class.710617/#post-9403559. Here she says, "I have far from an "photographic" memory but I am an excellent student. I went for mastery of the material and not for quick memorization. Quick memorization puts information in your short term memory where it isn't likely to stay unless you use it daily. If you master the material and link it to your present knowledge base, it stays in there and you can recall it with a solid review. " and after having read nearly everything on her blog and also a lot of her posts on SDN I compare it to what I've read about supermemo on the website and also your posts and I feel as if supermemo would only be useful for things where you have an ample amount of time to space review the material which isn't the case with college and to use a combination of supermemo and the amount of time and effort that is required to master the concepts would be overkill. And also from having read how she studied, you have to master the concepts by understanding them and then linking it to your knowledge base so that it will stick in your long term memory. But what I'm saying is just a summary and reading her blog posts would be better to understand what I'm saying.
    I'm just wondering if SRS would still be useful to me. And also I read about, how items that are being entered should be based on applicability and how using supermemo woulddn't be useful if you wished to digest an entire textbook, in the learning decalogue.

    Hope you can reply,

    Kris

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  14. Hi Little Fish,
    I'm a student interested in using supermemo but I feel it would be unnecessary due to the amount of material that has to be mastered, especially if your course is medicine. I've been following this blog of a doctor who shares how she studied during medical school. http://drnjbmd.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/study-skills-part-vi, and also read her other "Study Skills" post on her blog to get a better understanding. And what she does seems to match with the idea of spaced review and repetitions where she previews for an upcoming subject(rep.) so that she can listen efficiently to the teacher as he/she discusses (rep.) then after the lesson has been discussed she will study it then afterwards will connect what she has studied today with what she has studied yesterday (rep.) and then previewing again (rep.) for the subjects tomorrow, she does this with every subject and then on the weekend she reviews the entire weeks material(another rep.).
    And she also used to post on student doctor network and here is a very interesting post, http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/being-in-the-top-percentile-of-your-class.710617/#post-9403559. Here she says, "I have far from an "photographic" memory but I am an excellent student. I went for mastery of the material and not for quick memorization. Quick memorization puts information in your short term memory where it isn't likely to stay unless you use it daily. If you master the material and link it to your present knowledge base, it stays in there and you can recall it with a solid review. " and after having read nearly everything on her blog and also a lot of her posts on SDN I compare it to what I've read about supermemo on the website and also your posts and I feel as if supermemo would only be useful for things where you have an ample amount of time to space review the material which isn't the case with college and to use a combination of supermemo and the amount of time and effort that is required to master the concepts would be overkill. And also from having read how she studied, you have to master the concepts by understanding them and then linking it to your knowledge base so that it will stick in your long term memory. But what I'm saying is just a summary and reading her blog posts would be better to understand what I'm saying.
    I'm just wondering if SRS would still be useful to me. And also I read about, how items that are being entered should be based on applicability and how using supermemo woulddn't be useful if you wished to digest an entire textbook, in the learning decalogue.

    Hope you can reply,

    Kris

    (sorry if you got the first one, I thought an error had occurred)

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  15. There is a supermemo group on Google Groups. Maybe the user base there can be leveraged.

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  16. Oh, and what about a Facebook group for Supermemo?

    There used to be a great Yahoo group for SM, but I'd guess there are more people on Facebook than yahoo nowadays.

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