Critique on cloze deletion

(Johannes Hörteis) #1

I get it. You have a sentence in front of you and need to convert it into a Q&A pair. Cloze deletion makes this easy.

But at the end of the day, when you review your cards, you see the sentence with the missing word, you’ll just recognise the sentence, like a picture. And your mind will (or wont) tell you the word, that’s missing.

No need to think about the meaning of the sentence.

No association made with the actual context where you might need the information.

If you’re not studying for a test, but for your own understanding and knowledge of a topic, I don’t think cloze deletion cards are a good solution.
Let me know what you think.

Many things need to be reviewed. Not everything fits into Anki

You can definitely over use them. A bigger danger I’ve found is to not simplify the sentence first - and stick one cloze deletion in a big, ugly sentence.