Retraining mode

Anybody have any suggestions on how to implement a “retraining mode”? (I originally called this “relearning mode”, but then realized that relearning in the context of the Anki program has a meaning that pertains to forgotten cards in the regular learning process, so let’s go with retraining) Here’s the scenario. You studied for a while in a given language. Then after awhile, you stopped. Now, after a long break (several months or even years) you are picking it up again. But you just can’t keep up with what the deck presents you, because the intervals are too long. Also, the presented words are low in relevance to your needs and you need to dial it down to more basic words.

Here’s what I have been doing, though it is labor-intensive. I mark each word as it comes up in my study needs. Then I reset the due date on each of these words to today or tomorrow. Then I “custom study” marked words. If I know the word, I will still mark it wrong the first time to reset the interval. Sometimes I will suspend previously learned words, and then unsuspend them as they come up in my studies. I also turn off suspending leeches, because there are going to be a ton of leeches. I can’t just reset due dates because all these other words come up that are low in relevance and I’d have to bury them every day, or suspend them. So it’ll be a while before I can study the actual deck, everything is happening through custom study.

I was in Turkey in 2019, so I intensively studied Turkish. Now I’m back, and retraining. Getting back to where I was again slowly, and building on it.

Also, anybody have any ideas on what a “retraining mode” would be like if incorporated into the program or into a plugin?

I should state just for the record that currently I don’t have a computer with me so I’m studying on Anki Mobile. But I think the issues presented here pertain to the regular algorithm, and all Anki clients.

Here are my thoughts on what a “retraining mode” would look like. You get presented all the cards you originally studied, in the order that you first studied them, and intervals start at one or two days, but can progress much more rapidly if you know the cards. You can also manually add cards to the mix.

I’m afraid I don’t see the need for this. Hard/Good on overdue cards is already rather conservative with how the overdue period factors in, so if you remembered the material at quiz time, chances are you will remember it again when it comes back up for review in the future. If you want to reset the intervals anyway, you can answer Again. If you find the material easy on future reviews, answering Easy will make it progress more rapidly.

You are correct when it comes to the scheduling. However, the main problem is the mix of words that are presented, and the fact that they are farther removed from the user’s hierarchy of needs. I find that I have to bury 90% of the words every day if I’m going to study in the regular deck. Because there will just be too many words to retrain on, and it becomes not conducive to learning. Or I can simply suspend them, but then they won’t be in a locus that I will be easily able to reanimate them when I get back to the place that I was before.

I’m sure this is not a problem for those who are only studying one or two languages. But those of us who constantly travel to different countries and need to get up to speed in multiple languages have a crushing time. So if anybody has a solution to the word relevance problem, I’m all ears.

Why not reset the buried cards to new at the end of the session? That will allow you to prioritize the material you do remember, and gradually reintroduce the forgotten material using your daily new limit.

Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try that.

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