Mercy

The option Mercy can be used for the following purposes:

* evenly spreading outstanding repetitions in a defined period with the view to minimizing the damage to the learning process (after a longer break in learning)

* evenly spreading repetitions scheduled for a given period of time (when the number of repetitions in particular days varies greatly)

* scheduling future repetitions at earlier dates (e.g. before leaving for vacation)

By running Mercy, the repetitions scheduled in a defined period of time may be distributed in even portions over a chosen period immediately following the current date. For example, if the Outstanding parameter indicates that 1000 items should be repeated on a given day, it is possible to distribute those items evenly over a 10 day period and thus have slightly more than 100 items scheduled for repetition in each of the days in that period.

You can open the Mercy dialog by choosing Miscellaneous : Mercy or by pressing Ctrl+M.

Here is how to use Mercy:

* If you had a break in learning, and you want to repeat the outstanding items in even portions over a selected period of time, do the following:

1. Make sure that the Future check box is unchecked.

2. Choose Rescheduling period

3. Type in the number of days in the period in which you want to get over with your repetitions

4. Choose Mercy button

* If you have an irregular number of repetitions scheduled in a number of days that follow the current date, and you want to have the same, selected number of repetitions every day, do the following:

1. Make sure that the Future check box is unchecked.

2. Choose Items per day

3. Type in the number of items that you want to repeat per day

4. Choose Mercy button

* If you think that you will not have an opportunity for doing your repetitions in a given period of time, and you would like to work ahead of schedule to have zero repetitions scheduled in the difficult period, do the following:

1. Check the Future check box

2. Choose Rescheduling period

3. Type in the number of days before the first day of the no-repetitions period

4. Choose Gathering period

5. Type in the number of days until the last day of the no-repetition period

6. Choose Mercy button

Mercy reschedules the items in such a way that the damage to long-term memories is minimum. After running Mercy you can view the expected drop in retention in the Mercy Report dialog box.

If you want to quit Mercy without changes to the repetition schedule choose Cancel.

The rescheduling proceeds in three stages:

1. collecting the outstanding items, and items scheduled for repetition in the gathering period,

2. sorting the collected items with the view to minimizing the damage to the learning process

3. scheduling the items anew in the rescheduling period

Always back-up the database before running Mercy. You can also preventively choose Tools : Recover to avoid propagating possible integrity errors.