As we learn information it needs to be periodically refreshed at intervals in order to move the information from short term memory to long term memory. This is often referred to as the forgetting curve.
I would love to see StudyBlue take advantage of this by keeping track of where individual flashcards are on this continuum and notifying users of the need to refresh their recall on these items.
For example, after a study session Study Blue tracks the elapsed time since items were refreshed. Once a memory checkpoint is reached a notification is sent to the user stating that there are stale or outdated items that need to be refreshed. After the user conducts a review session, items the user correctly remembered continue along to the next memory checkpoint while incorrectly remembered or forgotten items start over again as though they had just been learned.
I just wanted to add on to Nikki's response with a few statements and questions because I think the suggestion you contributed is definitely well thought through. We do currently allow students to flip through a flashcard deck and once finish, revisit the deck but only choose to 'Study the Wrongs'. These flashcards marked 'wrong' are kept track of throughout the study process and students can narrow down their decks little by little until they feel comfortable with all of the information.
Do you believe we should develop this even further by including these kinds of 'checkpoints' you mentioned above? Should there be multiple stages at which items achieve a certain level of memorization?
Absolutely. I think it would be extremely helpful, especially to those of us studying information that we want to maintain long term, rather than just prepping for a test and moving on. For example, language study, medical and nursing school students, etc.
"Study the Wrongs" is a great feature for individual study sessions. The problem is that when it comes to long-term retention, I can walk away from a study session having "Aced" the material, but come back a couple days later and find I've forgotten half the information.
That's not a big deal when studying a few sets of cards for a test, but as a language learner I want to maintain that information indefinitely. Over time I can accumulate hundreds of sets of cards totaling thousands of individual items. Keeping track of what needs to be refreshed and when without some sort of automated system is next to impossible.