I was reading through the Release Notes and one of the Open Issues really struck a cord with me: “Improve the randomization of cards during the daily review sessions”.
The thing that has really bugged me with Skritter is how it frequently shows me cards that give me too many hints for later cards.
For me, the “most difficult” card is the Writing card. You get a blank canvas and an English definition and have to figure out the character (and mentally I’m thinking about the pronunciation too).
However, often when a “word” is due, Skritter gives me the writing prompt LAST (after tones and definition and reading). This means I’ve “seen” the character a few times before I get to write it.
To me, that’s cheating.
I’m no longer looking at a blank canvas and stress-testing my memory to recall this character. Instead, I’m recalling the prompt 2 minutes ago when it showed me the character.
I’d like to be able to select the order of priority of the prompts. I find writing the most challenging and want that first. But perhaps other people find definitions or reading to be hardest.
I would like Skritter to look at my prioritization of prompts and re-order the due-queue (for the regular SRS reviews for the day) such that I never see a character that I’ll need to write until I’ve written it.
I want it to also look through characters on words too. My emphasis is that I don’t want to ever see a character within a word or sentence until I’ve written it out, provided that the writing prompt is going to come up later for that word or sentence.
Thanks for reading my rant!