StemmaStudy Tutorial | How to Create Connected Flashcards

StemmaStudy Tutorial

StemmaStudy Connected Flashcards are made to help you understand more and forget less.

We can't say we truly understand something until we know how it fits into the big-picture. For this reason, StemmaStudy lets you connect flashcards to form a network that you can visualize. This makes it easy to find gaps in your understanding by finding flashcards that are disconnected. Then, when studying your flashcards, you study not only what the concepts are but also how they relate to each other.

To help you forget less of the material on your Connected Flashcards, StemmaStudy makes use of Spaced Repetition. Spaced Repetition helps grow and maintain strong memories by automatically scheduling reviews of flashcards based on how well you know them. It is a system that optimizes your review for long-term memory retention.

This tutorial will show you how to use Connected Flashcards on StemmaStudy.


Create a Set

Sets hold the flashcards you create. Every flashcard on StemmaStudy belongs to a Set. Think of them as a stack or deck of related cards. You might choose to have one Set for each class you are taking or book you are reading.

To create a new Set, click My Sets in the site navigation. Then, click the New button at the top right of the page.

Enter in a good title, typically your class name or the topic of study, and a short description. Click Create.


Add Cards to the Set

Once you have created a set, it is time to start adding some cards. Each set can hold up to 1000 cards.

From your My Sets page, click the List button on a Set.

Once you have added some cards, this page will show them. Click the New button at the top right to create a new card, which will show a form like this:

Enter in a good, distinct title for the thing you are trying to remember (like "George Washington" or "Mitochondria") as well as a short definition. Definitions are more likely to be remembered if they are your own words, rather than copied from a textbook or website.

If you find yourself creating a long card, consider splitting it up into multiple cards, if possible.


Connect Cards Together

Once you have added a couple of cards to a Set, you can start connecting them.

Connections are a way to show relationships between cards. For example, you can connect a card about a person to cards about their discoveries or connect events to their causes and effects.

To create a connection, navigate to one of the cards you want to connect. You can get there by clicking View Details from the List page. Click the gray New button.

Specify the direction of the connection and the other card to connect to. Then, give a name for the relationship and, optionally, provide any information about it that you might need to remember.

You can also create connections from the Network page, as you will see in the next section.

Heads up!

When first starting, you might know two flashcards are connected in some way, but struggle to come up with a name for the relationship. This is perfectly normal. You'll get the hang of it with time as you discover patterns.

If one starts giving you too much trouble, then put something there as a placeholder and come back to it once you've had some time to study more of the material.


View the Big Picture

From the My Sets page, click Network to see a birds-eye view of your cards and how they are connected.

Click the title of a card or the connections to see more details.

Click and drag to move the cards around if you want to arrange them on the screen. Positions of the cards are saved. However, when returning to the Network after creating new cards, it will shift to automatically incorporate the new cards.

The Network page will help you gain a deeper understanding of how concepts are related as you add connections and arrange the cards.


Maintain Strong Memories

StemmaStudy optimizes your review for you so that you remember things long-term. When cards are due for review, you'll see a red number in the Review button on the My Sets page like this:

Click that button to go to the Review page.

Then, click the link in the Memory Maintenance box to begin self-test reviewing.

How to Self-Test Review

The review will start by showing you the title of a card. Try calling to mind every detail about that card – the definition, what it is related to, and any information you'd need to know about the relationships. Then, click Show to see the details of the card.

At the bottom, you'll be asked to rate how well you think you did remembering the card on a sliding scale. Be brutally honest! This score helps StemmaStudy to automatically schedule your review.

Generally, you should score yourself along these lines:

  • Green: You recalled everything well.
  • Yellow: You recalled most of the details with difficulty.
  • Red: You recalled very little of the details.


Discover Your Memory Weaknesses

Sometimes you might want to do more review than normal memory maintenance, such as when you have a big test coming up. For these times, you should try an Assessment.

On the Review page, click the New button in the Assessment box.

This will take you through a self-test of all the cards in your set.

Once the Assessment is over, you'll be able to see your scores on each card in the context of the Network view. This can be a great way to study as you can focus on poor-performing cards related to the cards you know well. You might even find clusters of poor-performing cards which could prompt you to re-examine entire sections of your coursework related to those cards.


Essential Study Techniques

While StemmaStudy was made to help you understand more and forget less, there are many other things you can do to improve your learning!

We've written a small (5 minute read) guide to some of the most effective and practical principles to improve your studying so that you can understand, remember, and achieve more.

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