The mnemonic medium supplies expert-authored prompts to remove the burden of prompt-writing

Writing good spaced repetition memory prompts is hard, but the Mnemonic medium removes that barrier to adopting a Spaced repetition memory system by supplying author-written prompts, which allow the readers to retain the material without writing their own.

Studying another person’s spaced repetition memory prompts is usually ineffective, but we believe the mnemonic medium can solve this by taking prompt-writing much more seriously and by embedding them in a narrative structure (The mnemonic medium gives structure to normally-atomized spaced repetition memory prompts). A key problem with this approach: The initial mnemonic medium is implicitly authoritarian in premise.

Note also that these prompts don’t appear in isolation: Mnemonic medium prompts are interleaved into the reading experience.

When scaled up, this approach may help solve The limiting factor in spaced repetition system capacity is writing enough good prompts.

Last updated 2023-07-13.