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Interesting article from the NYT. A few years old, but seems to back up spaced repetition for vocab and review as well as studying in multiple places.
Searching for tips on acquiring Russian cases, this title caught my eye in the youtube suggestions. Imo, these tips can be applied to learning not just languages or guitar, but just about anything. Well, maybe given some tweaks here and there.. What do you think?
1. Practice what you can't do, not what you can.
2. Never practice making a mistake. Get it right.
3. Start slowly and get it right before you speed up.
4. Using a timer saves time.
5. Focus on one element of practice at a time.
6. Try and practice a little every day, rather than practising a lot all on one day..
7. Keep track of your practice: use a practice schedule..
8. If it sounds good, it is good!
9. Playing and Practicing are very different, don't confuse them.
10. The more you think, the more you stink! Practice until it becomes instinctive.
Have you recently deleted a big 'ol clunky SRS deck to free up some time? Maybe you deleted a bunch of flash cards to spend more time in context, or just to relieve some pressure. For whatever reason, if you have destroyed a nice chunk of SRS data, please tell us about it in this thread. This is a cause for celebration, and not regrets.
I just deleted all the cards in my Russian Anki deck older than 1 month, and I feel great! It came to about 3000 cards. Reviews were getting to be about 60 min. All my other combined reps add about 20-30 min per day, so I really want Russian to be about 30 min. If you ever try this out, you'll notice it takes a couple weeks for the number of reviews to go down. This is because you kept all of your high-rep (new) cards. But they do go down, and quite steadily, so no worries.
My state of mind now is a far cry from when I first deleted my huge Supermemo collection about 8 years ago. I had well over 20,000 cards, and I deleted the whole thing. I sort...
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