RecallPlus Study Software - Organize your time up to an Exam with RecallPlus Expert Edition!

To take advantage of this simulation to predict your time needs, you need to know how it works!

Steps the simulation does to predict your time needs

Below is an explanation of the technical series of steps the program runs through... also here is a link for a more wordy but less 'techo' explanation.

Link to SECOND explanation of 'how it works' - less 'techo' but more wordy...

Techo Explanation

After you click 'go' the first thing the simulation does is takes the percent of notes not yet produced, and calculates how many testable items total, the system has to 'simulate' you entering, before the study completion date.

From then on the simulation loops day by day and time segment by time segment through the time up to the study completion date.
'Sim Time' is set to tomorrow's study start time.
Study start time for each day is assumed to be 24:00 minus the number of hours that the user has designated to study for that day of the week.
For no particular reason a typical time unit is >=10 mins.

At the start of each 'Sim Day', the system divides the time remaining until the user wishes to have finished adding NEW NOTES, by the amount of content still to be entered... and works out how much new material he/she is supposed to enter on this 'Sim Day'.
If the material that is due to be entered is too much for that day... the user still stops work at the designated time...

During the Sim Day, at any particular point in Sim Time, the user can be doing one of 3 things...
1. Revising material due for revision.
2. Creating a card.
3. Doing nothing (as nothing is due for testing and no more items are due to be entered for the day).

At a given 'Sim Time' the system first gives priority to revising what is due.
If nothing is due for revision, then the system sees if any more new content is due to be added for the day.
If nothing is due to be revised and nothing NEW needs to be studied, then the user is simulated to be 'idle'.

If you want to see the highest resolution detail of what the user was doing time unit by time unit, during a given 'Sim Day', you can simply consult the very first graph in the 'Simulation Results' - titled 'Detailed Activity'.

When the simulated user is testing, the card is simulated testing by looking at the forgetting curves, and seeing what the likelyhood of the user knowing, or not knowing a given testable item is... a random result is then allocated to each item, using that probabliliy, and then the interval's for that item are adjusted.
Because there is a random element to this simulation, each time it is run the result will be a little different. You will find however that each time you run it, the results will, on the whole be fairly similar... try it!

If the user has nothing due for testing, and new content needs to be added, then a random card from the notes already produced, is duplicated.
Just to repeat... because there is a random element to this simulation, each time it is run the result will be a little different. You will find however that each time you run it, the results will, on the whole be fairly similar... try it!

At the end of either testing or creating a new 'Sim Card', the 'Sim Time' is updated depending on the time to create new testable items, and time to test 1 item.

The process then continues until the study completion date is arrived at.

The method for calculating the 'Expected Exam result'
This is done during the simulation's running.
The exam result is found by looking at each and every testable item in the notes, and, using the forgetting curves, calculate the likelyhood, if that item was tested, of the user recalling the information.
If the user has not yet added all the notes at the time this calculation is performed, it is assumed that the ideas not yet entered, would result in a 'zero' mark for that item.
Basically a 'green' result is 1 mark, orange = .5 of a mark and Red OR not in notes yet is zero.
The final result is the average percent of all of the notes entered and yet to be entered.

Of even more importance is that the more time you spend learning with RecallPlus, the better you will become at learning... as the constant feedback will, like any skill that you get good feedback on, improve out of sight!
We would expect that a typical user will exceed their projected study outcomes per the report on average because the improvement in their study over time with RecallPlus will result in their forgetting curves becoming more favourable (and they forget less).

What the study report can tell you

What study results can it show you?

Example report

See a copy of a report that RecallPlus Produces.

Limitations of the Simulations and what we suggest.

What are the limitations of the simulation?

Image of study simulation 'setup window'
*Click Here* to have controls explained
This study simulation Window allows you to choose when your exam is, how you are going to use your time... and can then show you what will happen