How do you score a card when you had it totally right on first instinct, but then you second-guessed yourself and decided that you were probably thinking of something else and that you didn’t really know the word, only to find out that your initial instinct was right after all? In one sense, you were immediately, instinctively right. In another sense, you failed completely, because in the end you wouldn’t have said/written anything out of fear that it was wrong.
Mariah@How To Score Reps In Surusu
One thing that’s always bugged me with this is, what do you rank it if you have to use the hint? For example, if you can’t remember it at all and then read the hint and get it completely correct, would you still rate it as a zero? Or if you partially remember it but then fully remember it after reading the hint, would you rank it a one? Because I feel like I might be grading myself too harshly by doing this…
Time wasted on decisions is the worst kind. Not only does it waste time 1, but it weakens the body. Notice how virtually none of us these days do manual labor, yet at the end of the day, we are often as tired as if we’d been lifting 90-pound roof tiles. That there is the very real, physical — somatic — cost of worrying, of fretting, of being unable to make decisions quickly.
Being able to make decisions is great. The more decisions you’re allowed to make, the freer you are. But a decision can and will also become toxic if allowed to remain “in the body”, “in the system”, as it were, for too long.
OK, enough shady pop philosophy. Here’s an SRS scoring heuristic to make your decisions faster = life easier.
- If you’re stuck between two scores, say a 4 and a 5, take the high ground: give yourself the higher score.
- If you’re stuck between many (i.e. three or more) scores, say: a 2, a 3 and a 4, move to the middle: give yourself the midpoint score.
- Two? Take the top.
- Many? Move to middle.
GLOAF. Give your body and mind a rest. Don’t wear it down by letting petty decisions, like the SRS score on one card, sit and stew. No stewing. Score and move on.
PS: What if “many” is an even number (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4)? No problem. All that means is that your midpoint score is two scores. So do it in two moves, which is to say:
- move to the middle (e.g. 2,3), and then,
- take the top (e.g. 3).
PPS: In most cases of confusion or uncertainty, I would just go for the (overall) midpoint score, which happens to be a 3 in Surusu. Think of it as your default.
- Time wasted wasted time. You can tell I ate my insight bar this morning. ↩