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Turning Minutes Into Learning

Summary
Turn those wasted minutes everyday into Chinese language learning.

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Waiting for the bus, waiting for a meal, waiting for a friend... our days so easily evaporate into wasted minutes. Now you can turn those wasted minutes into Chinese language learning.

  • Pre-Built Textbook Flashcards: We've assembled flashcard lists for many popular textbooks so you can start reviewing today.
  • Personal Lists: Create your own flashcard lists for those extra words and phrases you hear in class.
  • Always Available: Whether on your laptop or phone, our mobile-friendly website puts flashcard study just a click away.
  • Quiz Based: No more lazily glancing at a flashcard and hoping you know it. To advance through the levels, you'll have to answer multiple-choice questions for every fact on every card.
  • Individual Facts: Wasted Minutes™ drills each fact separately. Are tones harder than definitions? You'll get the extra practice you need.
  • Intelligent Timing: When do you need to review a fact next? Based on how quickly and accurately you answer each question, we'll keep track of that for you.
  • Free Accounts: Everyone learns differently, so put us to the test. Try a free account now and upgrade later.

For more details, check out the How It Works tab.

Summary
Get back wasted minutes throughout your day with Chinese flashcards at your fingertips.

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It's a challenge to squeeze learning Chinese into your already busy day. Now get back those wasted minutes throughout your day with Chinese flashcards at your fingertips.

  • Pre-Built Flashcards: We've assembled flashcard lists for many popular self-study books so you can start reviewing today.
  • Personal Lists: Create your own flashcard lists for those extra words and phrases you hear in movies, in songs or on the street.
  • Always Available: Whether on your laptop or phone, our mobile-friendly website puts flashcard study just a click away.
  • Quiz Based: No more hastily glancing at a flashcard and hoping you know it. To advance through the levels, you'll have to answer multiple-choice questions for every fact on every card.
  • Individual Facts: Wasted Minutes™ drills each fact separately. Are tones harder than definitions? You'll get the extra practice you need.
  • Intelligent Timing: When do you need to review a fact next? Based on how quickly and accurately you answer each question, we'll keep track of that for you.
  • No Advertising: You won't be distracted by random ads cluttering up the site. We don't share our customer list with other companies and don't display third-party advertising.
  • Free Accounts: Everyone learns differently, so put us to the test. Try a free account now and upgrade later.

For more details, check out the How It Works tab.

Summary
Give your students a leg up with intelligent flashcards from Wasted Minutes™.

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Learning Mandarin Chinese is a hard enough challenge. Give your students a leg up with intelligent flashcards from Wasted Minutes™.

Hand out our convenient Quick Start Guide to get your students started today.

  • Pre-Built Textbook Flashcards: We've assembled flashcard lists for many popular textbooks so your students can start reviewing today. (Use a different curriculum or edition? Let us know and we'll be happy to create the appropriate flashcard list.)
  • Personal Lists: Your students can also create custom lists for extra words you want them to know.
  • Quiz Based: To advance through the levels, students have to answer multiple-choice questions for every fact on every card.
  • Individual Facts: Wasted Minutes™ divides flashcards into separate facts, drilling the facts backwards and forwards until mastery is achieved. Character to Pinyin... Pinyin to definition... Definition to tones... Definition back to character... And so on...
  • Spaced Repition: The next review for each flashcard fact is automatically scheduled based on how quickly and accurately the student responds to each question.
  • Customized Questions: The choices for each multiple-choice question are dynamically drawn from each student's other flashcards, so they won't see words they don't know and even a wrong answer reinforces the vocabulary they are learning.
  • No Advertising: Your students won't be distracted by random ads cluttering up the site. We don't share our customer list with other companies and don't display third-party advertising.
  • Free Accounts: To experience the Wasted Minutes™ difference, sign up for a free account and see how your students will benefit.

For more details, check out the How It Works tab.

Summary
Wasted Minutes™ turns traditional flashcards into custom multiple-choice quizzes.

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How It Works

Level 1

We start with a traditional Chinese language flashcard. You can see all the pieces of information related to this character in one place.

Some textbooks introduce material gradually, for example, the Pinyin and definition in chapter 1 with the actual character in chapter 5. Wasted Minutes™ updates the basic flashcard as new facts are learned.

Sample Level 1 Flashcard

 

Level 2

For this level each flashcard is divided into separate facts. Those facts are paired in every possible combination backwards and forwards. Each pair is reviewed separately.

Sample Level 2 Review

 

Level 3

Each of the pairs of flashcard facts from level 2 becomes a simple two-question multiple-choice quiz. Given a character, can you pick the correct Pinyin? From the definition can you select the right character? And so on...

Depending on how quickly and accurately each question is answered determines how fast you advance through the level and how soon the question will be asked again. The fact pairs are tracked separately, so if remembering tones is harder than definitions, you'll get the extra tones review you need.

Sample Level 3 Quiz

 

Level 4

For this level we simply add an extra choice to every multiple-choice question.

Each question and its choices are created on-the-spot just for you from the vocabulary you are studying. You won't see words and characters you've never heard of before.

Sample Level 4 Quiz

 

Level 5

This highest flashcard level includes four choices for every question. The delay between each review continues to grow until eventually the facts are considered "mastered" and no longer reviewed.

Sample Level 5 Quiz

 

Additional Features

  • Pace Yourself: Subscribing to a new list doesn't bury you under hundreds of new facts. You decide when you're ready to learn more or if you need to focus on the flashcards you already have.
  • Mix-and-Match: Wasted Minutes™ flashcards are not tied to a specific curriculum. You can use pre-built flashcard lists for popular textbooks, create your own lists or combine the two.
  • No Advertising: You won't be distracted by random ads cluttering up the site. We don't share our customer list with other companies and don't display third-party advertising.
  • Free Accounts: Everyone learns differently, so put us to the test. Try a free account now and upgrade later.