I am trying out the new September IOS release for the first time, although I have dipped into checking out the Beta app from time to time in its development.
My perspective is that of someone who has many years of Chinese, and who has found the straightforwardness of the original app, and especially its exceptional learning algorithm, to be extremely efficient.
I am especially dismayed by the new app’s apparent lack of intelligent algorithm. There seems to be no way to “study” without using the “test” mode and that involves practicing a large number of words I already know.
Currently with the old app I follow this daily efficient study routine:
- I locate a text for new study, either online or on paper.
- I go to lists and enter the new vocabulary into an existing or new list.
- I click on “advanced study” and select the list I want to review (which has both older and brand new vocabulary)
- The algorithm feeds me older (yesterday’s) words first, allowing me to review them.
- After a certain period of review, the algorithm starts feeding me the new (today’s) vocabulary.
- I work through the review and new words together, in the sequence provided by the algorithm, until I’ve done 1/2 an hour’s work daily (that is usually enough to both keep up and add new words)
- Voila, I am done and happy with my progress, which I can check in the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly progress indicator.
The new app seems to permit almost none of these efficient habits.
I don’t see the point of the “test” mode at all. What is the point of the expense of Skritter if I can just test myself off of an existing list, with pen and paper.
The main reason for subscribing is to be able to avoid the waste of time it is to practice words you probably already know. That is what the algorithm in the old Skritter so brilliantly provides, which is well worth the money.
If the new app is not going to keep existing subscribers happy, I see a lot of subscription cancellations in the future - both mine and yours.
If there is a way for me to continue using Skritter as efficiently as I have been doing for the last five years, someone, please, enlighten me.