Selecting cards from a collection

One of the features that makes Flashkit useful is the card-selecting tool. Clicking the "Create flashcard session" button on any collection will open a popup with several options that we'll explain below.

Maximum sets:

A set is a group of related items, this is how you limit how many sets are returned from the collection.

Set path options:

On Flashkit, cards can be more than just a front and a back. Depending on the collection, there are different "paths" between the data that your flashcards can take. In this example, we're in the World Geography collection. I've chosen a path with three items in it. I will first be shown an image of a country, and be asked to identify it, and then it will display the name of the country, and ask me what that country's capital city is.

Partitions:

Partitions are the reason we made Flashkit in the first place. The default setting is one partition of random cards, which means 100% of the cards for your flashcard session will be picked at random. You can have up to four partitions, with options such as "Most often wrong" or "Longest since repeated". This is a great way to improve at the items you get wrong, introduce new material, and prevent yourself from forgetting things you haven't reviewed in a long time. Personally, I like to do 50% random and 50% "Most often wrong".

Shuffle:

Some collections are in order, such as the US Presidents collection. Shuffle randomizes the order of cards.

Tags:

If a collection has tags, you can use them to select which cards you want for your flashcard session. The World Geography collection in the example has region tags. I can choose to only do sets for European countries, or, if I don't care about learning all of the tiny island nations where barely anyone lives, I can select the "Top 100 GDP" tag and only get major countries.

Creating a collection

Collections can either be simple or complex. A simple collection resembles normal flashcards, with a front and a back, and is fairly straighforward. Complex collections can have multiple categories of items, and those items can be linked together many different ways. For example, the World Geography collection has three categories: "Country name", "Country image", and "Country capital". We'll explain complex collections below.

Categories:

A category contains similar items. Categories can be connected to each other through links. Once a link is made between two categories, the items from the category can be individually linked with each other. For example, once I link the "Country name" and "Country capital" categories, I can create a link between an item in "Country name", like United States, and an item in "Country capital", like Washington D.C. One category in the collection must be the primary category. Tags can only be applied to items in the primary category. Your collection needs at least one category for you to start adding items.

Links:

We already covered links a little bit in the last section, but we left out a few important things. Links have direction, and can be forward, backward, or both. To illustrate the reasoning behind this, we need another example. In the US Presidents collection, one of the links is "President name" -> "Home state". It makes sense to show "President name" and ask "What state is this president from?", but it doesn't make sense to show "Virginia" and ask "Which president is from this state?", since there are many presidents from Virginia. This link would then only be a forwards link from "President name" to "Home state". For links, you can also specify the question that appears on the flashcard for the forwards and/or backwards direction. Your collection needs at least two categories to create a link.

Paths:

Paths are how the end-user uses your collection. A path follows one or more links. In the German Vocabulary collection, one of the paths is "English"->"German"->"German plural". The user is shown an English word, tries to guess the German translation, and then if it's a noun and there's a plural form linked to the German word, it then asks the user to guess the plural. If there is no link at any point in the path, the path ends for that particular set of items. You need at least one path to be able to use your collection for flashcards.

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