Quick Start

Demonstration of New Deck and Card Creation

     The following is a demonstration of how easy it is to use Memorize-It.  You can create your first deck by using the following example:

1.  Install and run the program.  You should see on your screen  the following Deck List Window.

     The top area of the Deck List Window displays the card button commands of New, Edit, Delete and Quiz.  The main menu across the top of the window can also be accessed for any commands.

2.  Select File/Save As... from the main menu to give the deck a title.  In the text box below “File Name:”, type “Dinosaur.dek”, then click OK or press <Enter>.  A Deck Information window then appears as follow:

     This allows you to add Subject, Chapter and Author information to the deck.  It is not necessary to add any information to the Deck Information window but it is suggested you add a deck subject.  Click OK or press <Enter> and the Untitled Deck 1 should now be named C:\MEMORIZE\DINOSAUR.DEK.

3.  Click on the New button and the following Edit Window will appear.

You should see the following on the Edit Window:

a.  Drawing tools on the left and patterns across the top.

b.  There are two combo boxes just below the patterns.  The one on the left shows “Honor System.”  You have four Options: Honor System, Multiple Choice, True False and Type-In.  These represent mutually exclusive Memorize-It options depending on what type of flashcard you want to create.  The combo box on the right shows “Front."  You have four Options: Front, Back, Hint and Why.  The Front and Back will select the card side.  The Hint card is used to give a hint to the user while quizzing.  The Why card is used to explain any answer if an explanation is necessary.

c.  The buttons Done, Back, Swap and Title are on the right.  The word “Front” indicates the front of the card.  Click on the Curve Tool , the third from the bottom, and notice the cursor arrow will become cross hairs over the drawing area.

4.  Try drawing the following dinosaur and adding a subtitle.

What kind of dinosaur is this?

     Move the cross hairs to where you want to start drawing.  A line will be drawn whenever you hold down the mouse button and drag.  If you make a mistake, click the Arrow/Selection Tool , the first one, then click your drawing.  This will activate the  drawing with four black squares around the dinosaur.  Select Edit/Cut from the main menu and the dinosaur will disappear.  You can then start over by clicking the Curve Tool again.

     After your drawing is complete, click on the Text Tool, the second one from the top.  Place the cursor one inch under the dinasaur’s head  and click.  Now type “What kind of dinosaur is this?”  You can change fonts, font sizes and font styles by highlighting the text, then using “Style” or “Fonts” from the main menu.

     Sound is available if you meet the system information requirements (See Requirements, Item 3).  Select the Card/Sound Recorder... menu while you are creating or editing a card and a sound dialogue box will appear on the screen.  There are three buttons that allow you to record and play back files in the sound recorder dialog box.  The left button is the Pause button.  You may press Pause while recording or playing a sound.  The middle button is the Record (& Record Stop) button.  Once you have pressed the Record button, the button will change to a Stop button and vis-à-vis.  To start, press the Record button and speak into the microphone.  Recording a new sound will overwrite any previous recording.  The dialog box also provides other information such as recorder position, length, and size, and a status of Idle..., Recording..., or Playing...  After recording, click the Record Stop bottom, then click the Play button to hear the sound.  The Play button will also change to a Stop button and vis-à-vis.  These dual functional buttons allow you to start and stop without searching out the proper button to press.  When you are done, press Ok to save the sound or Cancel to ignore any recording.

     You have now completed the front of your first card.

5.  Click the Back button.  This flips the card over and the word “Back” will appear at the top of the card.  You are now ready to create the answer for the question on the front.  You can redraw the dinosaur, or copy it by clicking on the card Front, then clicking the Arrow/Selection Tool.  Place the arrow above and a little to the left of the dinosaur.  Click and drag the selection box around the dinosaur, then let go of the mouse button.  This will activate the dinosaur with four black squares located around it.  Select Edit/Copy from the main menu.  Click Back, then select Edit/Paste from the main menu and the dinosaur should appear.

     You can move the dinosaur when the four black squares are located around it.  Place the arrow on it, press the left mouse botton and move it with the mouse.  Click on the Text Tool, and place the cursor one inch under the dinosaur’s head, then click.  Now type “A Brontosaurus.”  Add sound as referenced in item four.  You have now completed the Back of you first card.

6.  Select the Hint side from the pull down menu on the top right of the card.  This combo box now shows “Front.”  This Hint card can be used to give a hint to the user while quizzing.  Using the text tool, click in the card and type a good hint for this dinosaur, e.g., “It starts with the letter B.”  There is also a Why side which will explain any answer if an explanation is necessary.

7.  Click the Title button.  This brings up the Change Card Title window for changing the “Untitled Card 1” title.  Type “Brontosaurus” and click OK.  The Card # and Card Category are for card sorting described later in the manual.

8.  Click the Swap button.  Notice how this switches the drawing and text on the back with the drawing and text on the front.  This is the equivalent of turning over the card in a real deck.  Click the Swap button one more time to place them on the proper sides of the card.

9.  Click Done.  You are now at the Deck List Window.  This will show the titles of all the cards in the deck.  Your Brontosaurus card should be the only one listed.

     Add additional cards by clicking the New button, edit a card with the Edit button (make sure the card you want to edit is selected by clicking on it), delete a card with the Delete button, and start quizzing with the Quiz button.  You can also shuffle the deck from the main Quiz\Shuffle menu (you must have more than one card to shuffle the deck).

10.  Add the desired number of cards and the educational  process begins.  Note:  Side Eight recommends an average of fifteen cards per deck.  Students lose interest when there are too many cards without repetition.  If there are not enough cards, there will not be any long term memory affect.  Fifteen cards is a tested, successful number of cards per deck.  This is not a limitation.  You can have as many cards in a deck as memory will allow.  If you are planing more than fifteen card, we recommend using separate decks of fifteen cards and use the Multi-File Brouser.

11.  Select File/Save (saves cards).

12.  Select one of the Quiz types from the main menu for all of the quizzing exercises.