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Experiment: Incremental New Cards

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I’ve been trying to figure out a way to squeeze more new cards into my daily Anki review sessions. It’s not necessarily that my current pace of 10 new cards a day is slow; I’m still easily on track to meet or break my goal of 1200 Japanese-keyword kanji (including every JLPT 4, 3 and 2 kanji) cards by September. However, I feel like I could handle a slightly heavier load of reviews – as this is my only active SRS deck, and such a successful one, why not crank things up a bit? At the same time, I’m extremely wary of tipping the scale and burning myself out, a practice I’m woefully prone to. Up to this point, every attempt to increase my amount of new cards hasn’t worked out all that well. Attempting to make the jump from 10 to 20 was quite a bit more jarring than I had anticipated, and the next day I set that sucker back to 10. I probably would have been fine setting the rate at a more comfortable middle ground of 15, but then I got an idea.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been playing around with timeboxing methods, primarily decremental, which has served me quite well. When each successive review session is shorter than the last, my motivation is up and I drill through reviews before I know it. This got me thinking: could I apply something similar to my rate of new cards? While decremental timeboxing works superbly on a more “micro” scale of session to session, I couldn’t particularly see its motivational boosting merits being very effective on a “macro” scale of day to day.

Okay, so a sudden, large increase was too much and I couldn’t seem to figure out a way to incorporate the decremental effect – what then? Taking the best of both worlds, I’ve up with this: incremental new cards. Beginning today, I’ve increased my rate to 11, and tomorrow I’ll increase it to 12. Each day, I’ll have one extra card to review compared to the last day. What’s one more review a day, right? Sure, I’ll eventually hit a wall where I feel as though I’m reviewing too many new cards, so perhaps I’ll be swimming in a large number of expired cards and want a break from new ones – whatever the case may be, I’ll have boosted my rate of new material one way or another.

How long until I hit that wall face-first? That’ll be the fun part (especially for onlookers)! I plan to keep going until I crash (and hopefully not burn), and at that point, hopefully I’ll have found a comfortable daily rate to sit at. Or, perhaps I’ll reset back to 10 and start the process over again? Either way, I can’t fail unless I overdo things, and with this incremental approach I don’t think that’ll be much of a problem.

I’ll post updates here every now and then, and daily on Twitter.

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Written by ritobito

July 24, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Posted in kanji, SRS

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