If I got a cloze sentence incorrect, I would like to see a message that says: “you got this one wrong last time!!” the next time I encounter it.
I would like to be able to mark a sentence as “HARD” and always receive a message saying: “sentence marked: HARD” in red letters, and maybe a ‘caution’ symbol next to it (that’s my vision). This alert would continue to show up until you went into the cloze’s options to manually turn it off. Having this feature in the app would be very useful. You could even provide a list of sentences marked “hard” in your stats. Personally, this would greatly help me guage my progress.
You might think; reminding learners of their failures will turn away beginners. Consider this perspective: if you answered a cloze incorrectly, then many days later, answered it correctly; would that not be evidence of your own progress? To have your memory/ word recall succeed where it once failed… A simple reminder that this sentence once caused you difficulties will increase your satisfaction once you are able to overcome it.
Another great idea: you could set a separate multiplier for HARD sentences. What I mean by this, is: setting a sentence to hard would make it appear sooner than originally set. You would be presented with this options:
“Hard sentences appear ____% sooner.”
So, if a hard sentence is scheduled to appear in 20 days, and you have this option set to 75%, that sentence will instead appear in 15 days. Having this sentence appear sooner will increase the likelihood of retention. Being able to customize this value will allow users to choose a value that suits their ability to learn best. After all, not everyone learns at the same rate. Some people may need a higher %.
All in all, I think this is an excellent idea that is worth considering. I’ve done Italian quizzes before on Conjuguemos, and they also have a “you got this one wrong last time!” feature. For some reason, I found this extra mechanic helped me learn the conjugations faster.
What do you think about my idea?