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    Does anyone have any experience using spaced repetition systems to learn English grammar? I have been using this book called "English grammar acrostic dictionary" and it uses a srs. I know that srs is used for learning foreign languages, but I have not heard of it being used for grammar.

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    Default Re: Spaced repetition and English grammar

    In all honesty, I had never heard of spaced repetition systems being used to teach/learn grammar before reading your post.

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    I hadn't heard of spaced repetition systems at all.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    I've also never heard about it. I suggest you learn grammar from sentences. :)

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    Default Re: Spaced repetition and English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by liche123 View Post
    Does anyone have any experience using spaced repetition systems to learn English grammar? I have been using this book called "English grammar acrostic dictionary" and it uses a srs. I know that srs is used for learning foreign languages, but I have not heard of it being used for grammar.
    Can you share your learning experience? I'm curious to know how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    Can you share your learning experience? I'm curious to know how it works.
    It is a mnemonic system for English grammar organized in a hierarchy format, and It's great for when you have forgotten a grammar rule. The spaced repetition system keeps them locked in memory. It is a shame that more people don't know about this.

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    Default Re: Spaced repetition and English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by liche123 View Post
    It is a mnemonic system for English grammar organized in a hierarchy format, and It's great for when you have forgotten a grammar rule. The spaced repetition system keeps them locked in memory. It is a shame that more people don't know about this.
    Thanks to the Internet almighty, I have a look at the book itself and got idea of how it is organised. What I was curious to know is how/to what extent keeping the rules 'locked in your memory' could contribute to speaking which is clearly the top of any language learning.

    No wonder quite many have never heard of this method because practice is believed to make perfect not just remembering the rules.

    Still, any personal sharing of how the learning is going on will be highly appreciated.


    ps Mnemonic flashcards, at least the way they are presented on-line, have never struck a chord with me. I strongly believe that knowing a word implies much more than just understanding its meaning.
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    Default Re: Spaced repetition and English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    Thanks to the Internet almighty, I have a look at the book itself and got idea of how it is organised. What I was curious to know is how/to what extent keeping the rules 'locked in your memory' could contribute to speaking which is clearly the top of any language learning.

    No wonder quite many have never heard of this method because practice is believed to make perfect not just remembering the rules.

    Still, any personal sharing of how the learning is going on will be highly appreciated.


    ps Mnemonic flashcards, at least the way they are presented on-line, have never struck a chord with me. I strongly believe that knowing a word implies much more than just understanding its meaning.
    What I have noticed is that when learning a new language you have to have a certain amount of overlearning or a high recall speed for hearing and speaking. The problem with relying on just practice is that there is not enough repetition with "all" of the points in grammar. You can see this more clearly when dealing with math, as it requires all of the previously learned material. I believe the lack of a systematic process for handling memory is the root of all academic failure.


    The spaced repetition system uses flashcards as a front-end, and the basis of the system is a memory algorithm for the forgetting curve of memory decay.

    The creator of the algorithm has an article on learning myths- Memory and Learning: Myths and Facts

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    Quote Originally Posted by liche123 View Post
    I believe the lack of a systematic process for handling memory is the root of all academic failure.
    You may believe that, but academic failure can have many causes.

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    Default Re: Spaced repetition and English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by liche123 View Post
    Does anyone have any experience using spaced repetition systems to learn English grammar? I have been using this book called "English grammar acrostic dictionary" and it uses a srs. I know that srs is used for learning foreign languages, but I have not heard of it being used for grammar.
    Srs can indeed be used for learning grammar. The knowledge should be prepared in an appropriate question-and-answer format. The question part should contain a gapped sentence with contextual 'anchors' that help you associate the grammatical structure with certain words in the question part, e.g. Q: I _____ (write) a book at the moment / A: I'm writing a book at the moment. After a certain number of reviews, the association between the present continuous structure (I'm writing) and the time expression (at the moment) will be locked in the learner's memory. This is obviously a simple example. PM me and I can post you a link to good website where you can memorize grammar in this way. Unless Administrator allows me to post a link in my first message?
    Last edited by alibaba76; 09-May-2012 at 18:21.

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