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MCards is based on the system from Sebastian Leitner. The program considers the learning curve of our brain. It represents the cards in certain times to learn them and never forget them anymore.

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Flashcards are scientifically proven one of the best ways to learn. MCards minimizes the time required for learning. Increase your knowledge wherever and whenever you want!

MCards is based upon an improved system based on the work of psychologist Dr. Sebastian Leitner. This system takes into account the "forgetting curve" of our brain. It will show flashcards just at the right time for optimizing the learning process.

A precise description of the flash card system can be found here.

MCards and a PDA are an excelent combination to learn 'mobile' and effectively.

Here are some of the highlights

it's free
considers the 'learning curve' of our brain
available for Windows Mobile / PocketPC and PalmOS
four different ways to learn
phonetic transcriptions
integrated statistics
learn with an integrated adjustable timer
add, change and delete flash cards
additional databases for different languages are available
synchronizing of data on PDA with PrismaCards on PC
create your own databases with PrismaCards

Learn with classic flash cards (PrismaCards, PCards) ^

When using the flash card principle there is a separate card for every question/answer. When you begin, all flash cards are in the same box, e.g. Box 5. PrismaCards supports 10 boxes. Box 0 contains all the cards you already know. New cards should be placed in any of the boxes between 3 and 6.


Take a flash card from a box to learn. To guarantee a smooth way of learning you should always start with the cards from the highest box.


If you know the answer, put the flash card back in the next lower box (e.g. from 7 to 6). For the case you do not know the answer put it in the next higher box. In this way the flash cards you know will move quickly to box 0 and you don't have to look at them again and again like you have to do if you learn with a common list.


The great advantage of flash cards is that you don't have to deal again and again with words you already know. You only need to concentrate on the words you have to learn. This will considerably increase your capacity for learning something new.

After a few weeks, in order to remember words for once and for all, you should move the cards from box 0 back again to box 1.

Improved system developed by Dr. Sebastian Leitner (PrismaCards, MCards) ^

A classic flash card system uses boxes of the same size. The German Psychologist Dr.Sebastian Leitner devised a system with boxes of different sizes, each containing a certain number of flash cards. The amount of cards increases in proportion to the number of the box. The higher the box number, the nearer the cards are to entering your long-term memory.


Most of what we learn is forgotten after a short period of time. The following graph shows an example (recalling ability vs. time): It is known that repetitions time by time make the "forgetting curves" smoother. Fortunately, the intervals between consecutive reviews can be increased. In the light of this knowledge Dr. Sebastian Leitner created his method.

memo curve

The card-box consists of 5 boxes with different sizes. Box 1 for example, can hold 30 flashcards, box 2 can hold 60, box 3 up to 150 flashcards and so on.


Initially, all cards are in the Pool (box 0). Take 30 flashcards from the pool and put them into box 1. Start to learn them. If the card is answered correctly, move it to the end of the next box; if the card is answered incorrectly, put it back in box 1.


Before you start learning, check whether any of the boxes are full. If so, start to learn at the beginning of that box. If none of the boxes are full, place new cards from the pool into the first box and learn these. Cards answered incorrectly always go back to the end of box 1, irrespective of which box they are from. These cards have to go right back the way through all the boxes in order for the learning material to enter to your long term memory.

Enhancements in PrismaCards/MCards/SmartCards to the system after Dr. Sebastian Leitner

Every time a flash card goes from box 4 to box 5 the good-counter get increased. After REFRESH (move flash cards from box 5 to box 4) the flash card will be asked again. When you still know it the counter is increased again. If your answer is wrong, the counter is set to 0. The counter is a sign how well you know it after a long time



This counter increases every time a flash card from box 2,3 or 4 goes back to box 1. The counter is never set to zero and is a very clear feature for hard to learn flash cards. The higher the counter is, the more the flash card cycled through the boxes.


The Leitner system has two big advantages:

You learn 'difficult cases' more often and in shorter times. Easily memorized words just sail through the boxes.

Because the higher boxes are much bigger, the time between repetitions gets longer and longer. To get to box 5 you will have had to remember the answer for some weeks. This corresponds to the "curve of forgetting". Once you've remembered a flash card for some weeks you almost never forget it. Besides, PrismaCards and MCards include a method for reviewing the cards after several months.

Comparison between PCards and MCards ^

PCards is based on the classic flash card system, MCards works according the Leitner system. Both programs run on PDA's with Windows Mobile, PocketPC or PalmOS. PrismaCards is for the PC using one of the Windows versions and supports both learning methods.

PCards (classic system) iMCards, MCards, SmartCards (Leitner system)
Box size

Without limit

Box 0: Without limit
Box 1-4: You can choose the limits from some well defined combinations.
Box 5: Without limit
Correct answer

Flash cards go one box lower

Flash cards go one box higher
Incorrect answer

Flash cards go one box lower

Flash cards go to box 1
How to learn

Always start with flash cards from the highest box. When all the flash cards from this box have been learned, go the box below.

If box 2,3 or 4 are full, learn some from this box. Otherwise learn from box 1 and if necessary, replenish it from the pool.
Add flashcards during the learning process


Yes, it's possible to add flash cards to the pool whenever you want

Learn with the classic system. The way in which it works is always easy to follow.

Databases are not extendable (only replaceable, you miss out the learning progress)

An improved and more effective way to learn. It considers the "curve of forgetting". The way in which the program works is more complicated, but not for you. Just trust the program. It will produce the right flash cards for you to learn.

Databases can be extended at any time.

Different scenarios: how to use and combine programs ^

Shows some different scenarios how to use and combine available programs to meet your requirement:
Learn only on PC

You need a registered version of PrismaCards. With this version you can create your own databases and choose one of the learning systems. Additionally, you may order whole databases for different languages and other skills.

Learn PC

Learn only with PDA

First you should decide which learning system you prefer, and then you will know which of the two programs you need (PCards or MCards). Both programs are free. You can create new flash cards and change or delete them. On PDA there is no way to create a new database. Anyway, it's not really convenient to enter a large amount of flash cards on a PDA. If the free delivery of databases is not sufficient for your requirements, you may order additional databases.

Learn PDA

Create own databases and learn on PC or PDA

You need a registered version of PrismaCards. With this version you can create your own databases. Choose one of the learning systems and then you will know which program to use on PDA. Create new databases on PC and enter or import flash cards. Export them to the PDA and you will be able to learn effectively and "on the move", wherever and whenever you want. You may also order additional databases for different languages and other requirements. These databases can act as a base which you can then change and extend according to your needs.

Learn PC/PDA


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