Learning Hard Facts for school or university:
Tom has an upcoming french exam and a lot of words and some grammar to learn.
Tom is firing up the app at his computer at home and makes a new Deck of Cards: French, and 3 subdecks for "grammar", "irregular verbs" and "vocabulary".
he starts typing in all the words. on the blue side he types the french word, he presses TAB, the card turns with a quick smooth animation to its red side and he types the english word. at the end he has 230 cards in the subdeck "vocabulary". Tom wants to hang out with some friends now and goes to the park. in a moment of boredom he pulls out his phone, opens the app, choses the "vocabulary" deck and starts at stage I, just looking through front and backsides of cards. 230 are a bit much though. the app can break it down in smaller sets of 50 cards. now he is only looking through 50. well...still nothing happening in the park, just chillin. so he goes to stage II and stars the easy game within the small set of 50 cards. he choses which card-side he wants to be questioned about. He choses the blue side (french). it starts. the mistake counter is auto-set to 5 mistakes (10% of cards). cards are being shuffled and a card shows up, blue side "le soleil"....he knows it...its "sun"! he tabs the card, it flips around and yes "sun". he swipes the card right, meaning "i got it wright". next word "le gateau"...he cant remember anymore...he flips the card...ah its cake. he swipes the card left (meaning "i got it wrong or didnt know it"), mistake counter now says 4 mistakes remaining. only 7 cards later he had 4 more mistakes....mistake counter is unforgiving. now the cards are being reshuffled, the mistake counter is reset to 5 and cards come up in a different order. he repeats a few more times and ...hey, this is actually fun...a few more times and then he finally got through all 50 cards, only making 4 mistakes. ACHIEVEMENT!
3 years later. cant sleep. watching a canadian on youtube on his ipad...and that dude is talking a bunch of french words and Tom still knows some of them...hey.. man...i actually like this language...he opens the app and looks up the "French" card decks from back in school....and he starts the game, relearning vocabulary. damn...its much more fun learning when you dont have to xD