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I have used SRS for learning stuff in other subjects like History and Language in the past (Using Anki). It seems like a good deal since I get punched with something I was about to forget at the point where I could remember it.

Will SRS help in learning math on my own?

The reason I ask (as opposed to trying directly) are:

  • The heart of SRS is composing questions. In history, I'd need it for dates and venues. Like The Normandy landings took place on?. How should one compose questions for using SRS in mathematics? I don't think asking problems is a good idea since it can mislead the learner. For instance, asking the learner Derivative of $x^n$ is? might prompt him to answer that the derivative of $\pi^4$ is $4\pi^3$.

  • Theorems are really important but how do you frame them into multiple choice questions?

(I do realize that Math is about understanding rather than memorizing but I quote John Neumann : "Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.")

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I think the answer partly depends on what level of maths you are learning, so it might be a good idea to indicate that in the question. –  Tara B Oct 20 '12 at 11:24
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Do as many problems as you can. Thats the way to learn math.

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I wouldn't use it for theorems and things like that, usually you can just prove them yourself if you forget. I do however use SRS to keep myself sharp on problem solving techniques I've learned. I tend to get rusty at solving certain kinds of problems after a while if I haven't done very many. Usually, when I learn an approach to a certain kind of problem, I toss a few into Anki and that keeps me sharp.

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