Same retention, fewer daily questions.
You know that Firecracker's Daily Review tasks are driven by an algorithm that we relaunched back in July 2015 and have been improving steadily ever since, based on user data and student outcomes.
We heard your comments and suggestions about your daily flashcard reviews and incorporated them into an update to our adaptive algorithm.
The core tenets of our daily review system have not changed. Educational and memory decay literature, in addition to our own data, continue to support the benefits of adaptively spaced review. Flashcard reviews should occur at the point at which you are about to forget relevant information. At the same time, we want to minimize the number of reviews needed to master content, and accommodate a variety of study strategies and review patterns.
Here’s what the update will mean for you: more efficient, personally representative, and statistically rigorous daily reviews. You will be able to achieve the same retention with fewer daily questions.
In some cases, students saw flashcard material recurring in clumps nearly irrespective of their previous self-report score. Now, based on data from over 50,000 Firecracker users, we have a stronger estimate of when you should review any given flashcard. Your reviews will be more representative of your study needs.
Many students will see their daily assignment size go down. Additionally, you’ll likely see a downward shift in the flashcards in your Risk of Forgetting chart. Remember that you can always go to Study Something Specific if you’d like to augment your daily dose of flashcards! Also, a sudden surge in your daily review question count will be far less likely.
We were able to make these improvements thanks to your input. As you continue to interact with Firecracker, please continue to send along your feedback.
If you would like to see the new algorithm in action we are hosting a series of webinars this month.