|Frequently asked questions about SuperMemo|
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Recently added questions
(L.G., Brazil, Oct 6,
Why can I not transfer SM99 collections back to SM8? Do you try to follow Microsoft practices of forcing people into upgrades?
Not at all! The reasons are purely technical. New features are often not supported by old versions and cannot be transferred. For similar reasons you cannot transfer Windows applications back to DOS. Partial transfer can be made by exporting collections as text. However, even this format has undergone change and many features will be lost on the way. For example, SM8 does not support long texts, rich texts, HTML, OLE, 32-bit options and many more. Most of all, one-way upgrades are optional! The only time in the history of SuperMemo where users were indeed forced to take action was in January 2000 when the y2k bug kicked in (not actually affecting the learning process). Naturally, those y2k-compliant upgrades were provided free
Can SuperMemo help remember things that are not stored in SuperMemo?
Yes. To a limited degree. There are three ways in which this is or may be happening:
Yew Nam, Singapore, Oct 10, 1999)
I have created an element that I want to use as a template. How can I make it the default template?
To use the current element as the default template in the current category, use Template : Save as default on the element pop-up menu or simply press Ctrl+Alt+s
Poland, March 24,
SuperMemo does not seem to provide enough support for those who cannot afford to spend their time daily on regular repetitions. The daily regimen may discourage a large number of potential users. Sometimes one would like to double the effort. On other occasions, one might not feel like working with the program at all. For example, I could never convince my father to use SuperMemo. When he comes back from work, he is often too tired to watch TV, let alone make repetitions. Do you plan to include special tools that would make it possible to learn only on weekends or exclude certain days of the week?
Weekly calendar of repetitions is in consideration; however, this option adds complexity without actually providing much learning benefit. It may actually appear harmful:
Zmuda, Poland, March 22, 2000)
I sleep seven hours per day and wake up with an alarm clock. I read that using the alarm clock may negatively affect learning. Is it true?
There is a significant body of evidence that the best results in learning you will achieve when having your sleep out. Many individuals need eight or more hours of sleep. It is difficult to predict how damaging the alarm clock can be in your case. It will mostly depend on how much sleep your body actually needs. See: Good sleep, good learning, good life
Fraser, Japan, March 16,
When I choose Add new I cannot edit the texts! Until recently, I was able to work without problems. What might be happening?
You must have saved an empty element as the default template (e.g. by pressing Alt+Ctrl+s upon deleting all components). The simplest solution is: