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SuperMemo 2006 in screenshots

SuperMemo makes it possible to learn knowledge represented as text, pictures, sounds, video, HTML and more:

SuperMemo: Occlusion test on Broca's area

SuperMemo increases the speed of learning by using spaced repetition (see: What is SuperMemo?). It also increases the speed of collecting and formulating knowledge with the help of incremental reading. Incremental reading makes it possible to read literally thousands of articles without getting lost! You import articles from the web (e.g. Wikipedia) and convert them into manageable portions of knowledge (click to enlarge):

SuperMemo: incremental reading on virology illustrated with pictures

You can then easily convert imported articles to simple questions-and-answers that ensure that you do not forget what you have learned:

SuperMemo: using cloze deletions in incremental reading

SuperMemo helps you organize all your knowledge into a knowledge tree for easy access and review (click to enlarge):

SuperMemo: exemplary knowledge tree

You can easily locate individual pieces of knowledge by means of AND-search, OR-search, and NOT-search:

SuperMemo: using AND, OR and NOT search

To quickly import a large number of texts from the Internet you can make SuperMemo communicate directly with the Internet Explorer. You can import literal texts, live texts (i.e. texts that change when the external website is updated), hyperlinks or lists of hyperlinks:

SuperMemo: importing articles from the web for incremental reading 

SuperMemo browser makes it possible to quickly review elements and their parameters:

SuperMemo: element browser with items pertaining to History of War

Registries make it easy to reuse and search for multimedia objects, texts, fonts, HTML files, video, etc. The picture below shows an example of an image registry (click to enlarge):

SuperMemo: image registry displaying a picture of Australia and Oceania

Category registry makes it easy to keep a large number of knowledge categories. These can be used to keep different subjects separate and to give all elements in a category a given look and priority:

SuperMemo: category registry

Floating toolbars make it easy to access many functions of the program with a single click:

SuperMemo: main toolbar

SuperMemo: toolbar for composing elements from components of different type

SuperMemo: rich text formatting toolbar

Learning statistics will help you supervise and understand the learning process:

SuperMemo: statistics of the learning process

Each element has its own set of learning statistics that influence its place in the learning process:

SuperMemo: learning parameters of an exemplary item

User's forgetting rate and other memory characteristics can be inspected using statistical analysis tools:

SuperMemo: forgetting curve

Your learning progress can be visualized by means of Analysis : Use statistics. For example, the picture below shows the reading workload in incremental reading (one degree of smoothing):

SuperMemo: topic workload in incremental reading

The calendar of repetitions makes it possible to see how much work is scheduled for individual days of the learning process. It also provides the record of past repetitions, newly memorized items, retention, and back-retention. If you double-click a day, you will see the list of elements scheduled for repetition on that day (in the future), or the list of elements reviewed on that day (in the past):

SuperMemo: the record of repetitions executed over a two-month period

The calendar of repetitions makes it also possible to see the number of repetitions scheduled for particular months and years, as well as past repetitions, new items, retention data, etc.

SuperMemo: the record of repetitions executed over a three-year period

For easy context recovery, source tracking and building a list of citations (author, date, journal, etc.), you can use reference labeling (pink text in the picture).

SuperMemo: using references to provide context for topics on sleep and dreaming

Element parameters make it possible to quickly change the priority of elements, their category, template, etc.

SuperMemo: element parameters

Tasklists help you organize to-do lists. Not only related to learning. SuperMemo development itself is guided by an ever-growing tasklist:

SuperMemo: task parameters

Element filter helps you find material selected by difficulty, priority, number of reviews, etc:  

SuperMemo: Element filter

Learning options make it possible to define the speed of learning, time when your 'memory day' ends (i.e. time you go to sleep), etc.

SuperMemo: learning options

A break in learning can be handled with mercy rescheduling:

SuperMemo: rescheduling outstanding repetitions after a break

Rescheduling your learning process after a vacation break can be done using various criteria. You can start from top priority material or can opt for easiest material to be reviewed first: 

SuperMemo: Repetition sorting criteria (for Mercy)

Question of the Day will help you become familiar with the basics of SuperMemo:

SuperMemo: Question of the day

In SuperMemo, you decide how much of you material you want to remember (95% by default). Even though this means that you will forget some 10% of your items at repetition time, a vast majority will still never be forgotten within your lifespan (see an example statistic of forgotten elements below). With SuperMemo, your investment in learning is safe:

SuperMemo: distribution of memory lapses

SuperMemo supports OLE. This means that you can include your MS Word files or your MS Excel files in your collection. The picture below presents an exemplary mind map imported via OLE from Mind Manager. This mind map can be edited in SuperMemo if you have Mind Manager installed (courtesy of John England, TeamLink Australia Pty Ltd):

SuperMemo: using mind-maps via OLE with Mindmap Manager

SuperMemo supports HTML. You can even put an entire website into a single element in your collection:

SuperMemo: An entire website in a single element

Leech Alert Wizard and Leech Catcher make it easy to quickly find bottlenecks in the learning process (see: Leeches in SuperMemo):

SuperMemo: Leech Catcher 

You can change the way you use the mouse with mouse options:

SuperMemo: mouse options

Language options will help you adapt SuperMemo collections to local language needs:

SuperMemo: localization options