How can I review lessons without going crazy?

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#1 13 October, 2015 - 08:20
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How can I review lessons without going crazy?


Hello all, at the present I'm studying 3 subjects: law, computer concepts and development (each subject has 10 topics and each topic has 30 pages approximately).

I study these in the morning and in the afternoon (7 hours in total approximately) 4 days per week. I was looking for: study skills review and I saw this:

1st review Same day (reduce to key words)
2nd review Later the same week
3rd review 1 week later
4th review 2-3 weeks later
5th review Monthly

Oh my god, it's for me impossible to do that, for example: REVIEW in the weekend week 4:

  • All that I saw in the week 1 (4th review)
  • The week 2 no, because I made 3nd review in the week 3 and to do 4th review I need to wait 2-3 weeks.
  • All that I saw in the week 3 (3rd review)
  • All that I saw in the week 4 (2nd review)

This excessive control going to me crazy. I'm thinking to do this: each weekend do a review ONLY all that I saw that week.

What do you think? Is it right my review method?

14 October, 2015 - 13:45
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Use a Spaced Repetition Software and forget about planning.

14 October, 2015 - 18:20
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Thank you for your answer. How can I apply that? Because I saw that method applied to simple question like: The capital of X is ... . But I have to study for example: in law the first topic, has: 60 laws,characteristics and concepts, then I thought in something like: make a flashcard for each law, characteristic and concept and each answer has only a number page of my notes (where I can check the answer).

17 October, 2015 - 05:09
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LearnEnglish, yes, that's the way to do it. You'll be using the SRS (Anki, probably?) only to track and schedule your reviews for you, so you do not need to put the answer on the back side of the flash card (or you can put just a page number if you want).

18 October, 2015 - 08:30
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Thank you for your answer :) . I was thinking a few days ago about this and the method that I said at first, and finally I'm going to decide to apply my own review method. I was thinking about SRS but at least for me it has some problems like: accumulation of reviews, time problems.

Each day I want to reserve time to review all that I saw that day (it's difficult with Anki, for example: it's Friday I have to review all that I saw that day, plus questions that I checked like easy on Monday, plus questions that I checked like good on Thursday, finally I have accumulation of reviews, and time problems because I have not all day to review. There are more days with the same situation).

Finally I thought in:

  • Monday to Friday study and review all that I saw that day.
  • Saturday or Sunday for review all that I saw that week, plus some questions of other weeks that I had problems to learn (I will have it in a paper and I will check when I say it well). Finally, each 3 topics approximately I will review all of that.
8 March, 2016 - 12:32
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SRS algorithm in Anki is fairly well established to work. Pick your own algorithm at your own peril. Structure and persistence in study is a skill. The sooner you accept this the less likely you are to fail. People do not excel in their studies through brilliance or luck. They study. ;) If you are unable to adequately study your material your course load is to high or your study skills are too low. Most undergraduate courses could be aced by a trained monkey. The number of times you will be asked for your ideas or opinions are extremely limited. The number of times you will be asked to regurgitate someone else's are almost infinite. Train like a monkey.

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