Flashcards ain't Flashy
Studying raw facts is boring, and studying them with a deck of cards on a fixed schedule is even more boring. Even with the latest in "interval repetition" or "graded space repetition" software, it can feel like an endless grind to lock in that knowledge.
Getting Off on the Right Foot
There's an old story where the beetle asks the centipede, "hey, I have six legs and you have a hundred! When I see you moving along, everything is so graceful, just rippling along like the smoothest thing. Amazing. How did you learn to walk? What foot do you start with?" The centipede stopped to think about how he controlled all those legs, and he could not think of the answer. In fact, now that he wanted to know consciously what he took for granted subconsciously, he could never figure out how to walk again.
The key to learning is to take your mind off the actual work of learning. Your mind knows what it has to do to learn something new. You should instead focus on seemingly unrelated tasks that require competence. Your conscious mind just gets in the way when your subconscious mind is trying to do what comes naturally.
So have fun trying to do things, and pretty soon, you can actually accomplish them! Your mind will have learned it all for you.
Find Qwiz Hiragana on the Market
If you're browsing from the phone, you can scan this code to find Qwiz - Hiragana on the Android Market:
Qwiz 1 0 Released
Qwiz 1.0 has been released, with a Hiragana study deck!
Qwiz brings a fresh new twist to flashcard studying. It's more like a game than a learning tool. In the FREE version, challenge yourself with the Japanese writing system called Hiragana. Blast your way through each new flashcard speed round. Qwiz tracks your knowledge without artificial scheduling, unlike all those "spaced repetition" tools. It's fun, it's fast, it's simple to learn. Whether you have two minutes in the elevator, or two hours on the train, you can earn your black belt in over a hundred Hiragana facts and Japanese words. Can you learn your way to the secret cards?
New Website Launched
Welcome to my brand new Android Apps development website.
I'm anticipating a small FREE app release this week, which helps you learn the Japanese written characters, the Hiragana. This will be the first of a set of small FREE apps, before a more full-featured and general flashcard study game later this year.
Also, I may post a quick Android development "how to" article, now and then. Some of the tricks I've learned in Android coding will be useful for other app designers.