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Time for another installment of the best of the AJATT+ forum!
TripleJ started a topic about deleting cards.
So let’s talk about deleting cards.
Drewskie sums it up nicely:
As soon as I get that “uh…ew” feeling, it’s gone so fast I don’t even get time to second-guess. I have never been tempted to undo a deletion. If it’s iffy, it should be out.
- that “uh…ew” feeling
We all know this feeling. It’s that card that we “should” do. It’s that word that we “should” learn. But it’s not fun. Every time it comes up, you sigh to yourself. You force yourself through it.
STOP! STOP THAT!
Don’t learn a card because you “should.” Learn it because you want to! Learn it because you just can’t stop yourself from putting it in your SRS. Learn it because whenever it comes up, you’re going to smile to yourself because you like that card so much.
But just because a card is fun doesn’t mean it’s not a candidate for deletion. Some cards start out fun and interesting, but we forget the context or we just don’t care about them anymore. Then they start to get that “uh… ew” feeling. Don’t be shy about deleting those. Just because you liked it at one time doesn’t mean you need to saddle yourself with it forever.
- I have never been tempted to undo a deletion.
Same here. Sometimes I’ve been on the fence about deleting a card. But when I choose to delete it, I’ve never regretted it. I’ve never said to myself, Gee, I wish I could have that card back with the kanji compound I kept reading wrong again and again. Those were the good ole days! … Hahahahaha no. Every time I’ve deleted a card, I’ve felt free and invigorated, like I’ve finally thrown off a heavy burden. Like Drewskie, I’ve never looked back.
- If it’s iffy, it should be out.
Indeed. When you find yourself unsure about whether a card is a candidate for deletion, just go ahead and delete it. You know which cards are good cards and which are iffy cards. Trust your judgment and wipe out those iffy ones as you come across them.
These three tips from Drewskie are the key to keeping your SRS fun. It shouldn’t feel like studying. It should feel like a video game.
Original post here.