I have a crazy number of items due. Here are two “cheating” ways I have used to reduce that count:
I changed my study settings to just definitions. This got my items due count down from 4,000 or so to under a thousand.
I am using lists, starting with my oldest textbooks and moving up, so I have those basics down.
I wonder if studying based on lists would be the preferable way of studying for me. By default, I would Skritter with only certain lists. These lists would represent my current vocabulary aspiration.
Problems this would solve for me:
- too many items due
- weird items in my list but don’t have the heart to prune
- SRS algorithm feels slightly wrong for my way of learning
My tendency is to add words to Skritter as I come across them. But it’s not realistic for me to try to remember all the words I have ever come across.
Banned items would just be another list.
I might reactivate some lists depending on what I am doing. Say I moved back to Shanghai: I could reactivate some Shanghai-specific lists. Or if I take on another consulting job in the field of logistics, I can reactivate my list of obscure shipping-related words and brands.
I’d still need to do some pruning on my list of “Miscellaneous words”, words I pick up here and there and aren’t part of a specific list.
Forum item on marking items inactive:
Anki’s tags to control what is currently active
Forum item on multiple lists:
Studying Multiple Lists