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This guide will teach you the basics of SuperMemo desktop edition. You will learn:
There are two main editions of SuperMemo:
This wiki focuses on SuperMemo desktop, and the techniques of learning in general.
SuperMemo 18 is the latest and most advanced version of the desktop edition.
SuperMemo for desktop is the swiss army knife of learning: it offers a besotting array of tools that help both casual and expert students to optimize their learning to the fullest.
SuperMemo 15 is completely free to use. However, the latest version (SuperMemo 18) comes with many additional features and usability improvements. Your experience with version 15 might differ vastly.
SuperMemo Web is a web platform for learning, with a focus on language learning. It uses the latest SM-18 algorithm and offers language courses with a Freemium model.
|SM 18||SM 15||SM Web||Anki|
|Complexity||Complex||Complex||Simple||Medium to Very Complex|
|Platforms||Windows, Linux||Windows, Linux||Web, Mobile||Windows, Linux, MacOS, Mobile|
|Misc||New features||-||Focus on language learning||-|
|Price||$66||Free||Freemium||Free (iOS $24.99)|
Installating SuperMemo 15 through 18 is straightforward: download one of the installers listed above, and execute it. The setup wizard will take you through the installation steps. You can use all the default options.
This video will guide you through the process of installing SuperMemo 18. The process should be similar for SuperMemo 15.
SuperMemo is a windows application, but these are some options for running it on other Operating systems:
The rest of this guide assumes a basic understanding of the principles of Spaced Repetition and Incremental Reading. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts, follow this link:
🚧 Work in progress.
In 1-2 hours, a proficient user can teach you the basics to get you started with the essential features of SuperMemo.
Quick introduction to understanding the workflow in SuperMemo.
This series of video will take you from beginner to advanced levels of proficiency.
Using PDF, IR and other Anki addons significantly increases the complexity. ↩︎