Mercy

Mercy can be used to shift outstanding repetitions to later time, e.g. after a longer break in learning. It can also help you make your repetitions at an earlier date, e.g. before vacation.

Warning! Rescheduling items makes a departure from the optimum learning process and should be avoided whenever possible!!!

To quickly reschedule outstanding repetitions do the following

1. Choose Tools : Mercy (e.g. by pressing Ctrl+H).

2. Choose the maximum acceptable number of repetitions per day and type it in at Number of items per day. Alternatively, choose the period in which all outstanding repetitions should be done and type it in at Rescheduling period.

3. Choose Update, e.g. by pressing Enter. This will display the rescheduling parameters: number of items per day, length of the rescheduling period, the date on which last outstanding repetitions will be made, etc. (use hints to find out more about particular parameters).

4. If you are satisfied, choose OK. Otherwise type in new parameters or choose Cancel to quit the dialog box.

To make repetitions before a vacation period, you can shift later repetitions to an earlier period:

1. Choose Tools : Mercy (e.g. by pressing Ctrl+H).

2. Click the checkbox Consider future repetitions.

3. In the Gathering period editing field type in the number of days till the end of your vacation.

4. Press Enter and compare the date to the right of Gathering period.

5. In the Rescheduling period editing field type in the number of days till the end of your repetition period before the vacation (compare the date to the right of the edit field).

6. Press Enter and compare the date to the right of Rescheduling period.

7. If Number of items per day does not exceed a realistic value (in your own estimation), choose OK. Otherwise type in new parameters or choose Cancel to quit the dialog box.

If you are an advanced user and you understand how Mercy works, you can choose the Criteria button to set you own Mercy sorting criteria!

For more about sorting criteria see: Short history of item rescheduling in SuperMemo