It has been years since the last post and still I get emails and comments about this topic which is of interest to highly self-motivated learners around the world. Consequently, here is a post to let you know how I have progressed with SuperMemo and procedural learning over this time. I provide several links back to old posts, as much for my benefit as yours, because it's important to stitch it together with the rest of what I've written.
- I have continued to learn the following procedural items through SuperMemo: keyboard shortcuts, programming, mathematics (mainly engineering and financial), chemistry.
- I have not continued using SuperMemo to learn Rubik's cube, guitar or violin, although I have continued to practise each of these outside of SM.
As described here, I believe the trick to keyboard shortcuts is answering the item by touching the keys. Consequently, when the question is asked on SM, it shows the black keyboard. When I click Show Answer, it shows the coloured dots and the answer box. This has continued to work nicely.
I eventually stopped using SuperMemo for guitar and violin because of lifestyle. To me they were much more leisurely activities. I didn't practise as consistently as I would have liked because of work hours rather than laziness. When I did pick up the instrument I didn't particularly want to spend my time drilling skills. However, I think it is worth noting that of the skills I did import to SuperMemo and practise for a couple of years, I can definitely recall these better even now. Hence, if/when I had the time for a more serious practise schedule I would return to SuperMemo.
Although this is hardly important, I thought it relevant to say that I tried to solve the cube two days ago and got stuck. This never happened in the past, but I have not used it for ages. (Note that I was following a specific procedure to solve it, rather than spatial brilliance). Just another data point to remind me of the importance of spaced repetition.
Future of Procedural Learning with SuperMemo
At this point in time I believe that if and when SuperMemo becomes super-portable and mobile-compatible (like Evernote) it will be much easier to overcome the prop-problem. You could just take your phone to the karate dojo, basketball court or music practise room. Until then, only the most dedicated students will continue to use SuperMemo for more active procedural learning. And good on them!