• 27 May 2015New : On / Kun example words on SRS flashcards.

    The Spaced Repetition flashcards can now display an example On and Kun readings. The readings are shown as part of an existing word, rather than isolated. On readings are written in katakana, and Kun readings in hiragana. The reading for the kanji is highlighted in red in the full word pronunciation.

    This feature was previously found in the "Custom Review" option but is now available as an option in the Flashcard Settings page. You may want to enable it once you have completed RTK, so you can get more out of the SRS reviews, and leave it out when you just started the RTK method so you can focus better on the kanji writing. In the latter case keep in mind you can always do some (non SRS) review sessions with vocabulary in the Custom Review page.

    For upcoming updates, I am considering a significant change to the SRS that could streamline reviews and reduce the amount of due cards. The idea is pretty simple: instead of sending failed reviews back to the red pile, there would be the option to "demote" a card to a lower box, and also set its next review interval to a small amount, eg. ~ 3 days.

    If the next review fails, the card would eventually fall back to the red pile. A card in box 1 or 2 would likely fall back to the red pile, but a card that already has 4+ successful reviews would not return to the "failed" pile straightaway. Instead it would come back for review within a few days. Upon succesful review it would be rescheduled based on the lower box it was moved to, so for example instead of 6 months it might come back in a month. Still this would save several reviews trying to move up the card again.

    Any input would be appreciated. Let me know what you think!