Mnemosyneby SchoolForge updated October 8, 2011
The Mnemosyne software resembles a traditional flash-card program.

Software Details

The Mnemosyne software resembles a traditional flash-card program to help you memorise question/answer pairs, but with an important twist: it uses a sophisticated algorithm to schedule the best time for a card to come up for review. Difficult cards that you tend to forget quickly will be scheduled more often, while Mnemosyne won't waste your time on things you remember well.

Reviews

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I'm reviewing this software
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

I'm reviewing this software as an elementary teacher looking for something that I can use in the classroom with the students. Mnemosyne is a flash-card software. Users can create their own flash-cards by typing the question and the answer. Then they grade their learning on a scale from 0-5, with 0 being not memorized and 5 being memorized. Mnemosyne analyzes your responses and grades to determine when is the best time for the cards to come up in the review process.

Pros:
-customize your flash-cards
-knows when you've mastered a card, and when you need more practice
-keeps track of statistics
-easy to install and use
-import cards from database

Cons:
-not very much interactivity – it's truly just a digital flash-card
-not sure how young students would enjoy it

Overall: I think this software would be best used with older students. With older students I think it'd be an effective study aid.

Ease of installation: 5
Ease of use: 4.5
Effectiveness: 3.5
Student engagement: 2.5
Overall: 4

digital flash cards make flash cards better
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Mnemosyne is a flash card tool that can be used as a study tool. I liked that students could make their own cards. The criteria asked for the word, pronunciation, definition, example, so students would have to think more complexly about what they wanted to include in their own study tool. Then they could use their digital flash cards to practice on each other. This would be most helpful with literary terms and vocabulary. I give Mnemosyne 4 stars. I really liked that students could create and share this study tool, but it also seemed kind of boring. Maybe that's just the limit with flash cards. They are not supposed to be really interesting, they're just supposed to help you remember things. However, I really like the idea that it's still considered a “project” and allows users to contribute and be part of the evolution. I think this would work best for upper elementary and beyond.