We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
SuperMemo is based on the insight that there is an ideal moment to practice what you've learned. Practice too soon and you waste your time. Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it. The right time to practice is just at the moment you're about to forget. Unfortunately, this moment is different for every person and each bit of information. Imagine a pile of thousands of flash cards. Somewhere in this pile are the ones you should be practicing right now. Which are they?
Fortunately, human forgetting follows a pattern. We forget exponentially. A graph of our likelihood of getting the correct answer on a quiz sweeps quickly downward over time and then levels off. This pattern has long been known to cognitive psychology, but it has been difficult to put to practical use. It's too complex for us to employ with our naked brains.
Surfed "SuperMemo" and found you here. SuperMemo is a very well documented program based on over twenty years of research into forgetting and remembering. It is amazing! Just before you forget (something important), it reminds you based on your own use of the program! It's 2000 version is just ten dollars, it's 1998 is free, but step up to the latest (SuperMemo 2006, updated early this year) for just $45. I have no stake in SuperMemo, but am a voracious reader and SM gives you the ability to read and review more than you could otherwise juggle! I am totally sold! So are over a million others!
Warning though: set it to file/level/beginner to get the simplest interface. You don't need to know everything about your car's engine to use it do you? Same here! (But if you are a power user, Supermemopedia.com has you covered)