If you have read previous posts, you probably already know that I like using computer flash card programs to learn information in all kinds of subjects, including history, biology, geography, terminology, language vocabulary, and Chinese characters. Modern flash card programs are also known as spaced repetition software (SRS). Programs I have used extensively include the free open source programs Mnemosyne and Anki, and Vtrain (a traditional card box program).
I believe spaced repetition software is very effective and should be a part of every learner’s toolbox. This post aims to shed some light on the history of spaced repetition software, and encourages you to try one of the programs.