Brains, P&B, and Anki

This is what I got for lunch today: 

P&B on whole wheat, mixed fruit, chocolate chips, and little gummy bunnies. 

My mom is beyond sweet for making these lunches for me. I love it.

My neuropsychology professor revealed during class that she was going to show us a "treat" tomorrow after our anxiety-inducing test. After class she admitted to me that she was going to attempt to take us to the lab where we'll get to see a real-life human brain. I really, really hope that this happens.

With anatomy-like courses that require such a vast quantity of memorization, I feel anxious. My memorization is terrible, but I've discovered a nifty tool that is helping a great deal. It's called Anki, which is Japanese for "memorization". The method built into Anki involves a memorization algorithm called the SM2 algorithm:
The SM2 algorithm, created for SuperMemo in the late 1980s, forms the basis of the spaced repetition methods employed in the program. Anki's implementation of the algorithm has been modified to allow priorities on cards, and to show cards in order of their urgency.
And I think it might actually be working. Assuming that the flash cards I made for it are focusing on the right stuff. We'll see. Either way, a lot less nervous and ill-prepared feeling than I've been in the past.


  1. I wish I had known about that ANKI stuff when I was taking classes. I only had Pete and Repete 100 million times.

    Any way of signing up for a daily delivery of your Mom's lunches? She even has a way of making B&J's look out of this world.

    Gummy bunnies....Dude, you suck! ;)

  2. Jude: I had been doing the Repeat and Repeat again method pre-this-semester. This Anki thing is seriously awesome; and makes it fun, too ... somehow.

    I do suck. I know it. At least I'm cool. ;]


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