Hello everybody, I’m about to throw in the towel because I can’t keep up with the reviews anymore. Yesterday I reviewed 1671 cards which took me all day (pomodoro method). Been using vanilla settings until yesterday when I realized I must be doing something wrong.
Looked up “ease hell” and found out that most of my cards I pressed “hard” too often. Afterwards I used the ease-reset-plugin to return the cards to 250% (many were at 130%).
I changed my settings to:
Steps: 25 1440
New Cards/day: 100 (1)
Graduating interval: 3 days
Starting ease: 300%
(1) haven’t been adding new cards for several days; used filtered decks for due cards
Steps 25 1440
New interval 25%
Minimum 2 days
Leech treshold 4 lapses, tag only
Exams are in May and I’m facing insurmountable amounts of information.
I finished 4/12 book chapters and I feel like I’m not gonna make it. I would love if you could provide hints / help me strategize.
This might not be the answer you’d like to get, but it really does sound like you’re putting too much pressure on yourself trying to learn too much content in too little time. The amount of cards you’re trying to study is just unbearable (for me anyways). You should face the sad truth that Anki can’t do “magic”.
Considering you have a deadline coming up, you should reevaluate your notes and keep only the uttermost essential ones. You may need to make compromises and summarize an entire chapter in only a few cards. You should suspend all non-essential cards and only resume them once you feel the workload becomes manageable.
A good strategy to prevent ease hell is to set up more learning steps. These are intervals you can set up in your deck options that basically hard-code the intervals until your graduating interval is reached.
In this phase, the ease factor won’t change.
Steps are set in minutes (use Google for quick calculation from days to minutes).
The default setting (1 10) is graduating cards wayyy to fast. Also, seeing a failed new card after a minute is just using your very-short-term memory. I recommend a learning phase of around a week and a first step between 10 and 20 minutes (see my settings below to orient yourself).
The graduating interval should be continuing the learning steps, so it must be higher than the last step.
Also, try to figure out which starting ease is best for you. (For the medical field, the default 250% are way too high, so I went for 180% but I might even lower it a bit.)
Also: I never press easy. You might as well suspend the card because you should already know the info if you’re pressing easy.
Lastly, if you decide on using more steps, I recommend a switch to the “experimental” 2.1 scheduler, because it allows for a more fine-tuned learning phase by adding a “hard” button for learning-cards.
These settings are by no means ideal (not yet sure about the lapse intervals), but they are a big step up from default imo:
I used these settings for a big exam next thursday (2700 cards) and I started a month ago, but really started two weeks ago with the hardcore learning phase. Most cards are graduating now and when they do, I can send them off with the good feeling that I really internalised their information. (peak was 1381 cards, last week’s average around 1000)
For a rough estimation of the workload with different settings, use Anki Simulator.