iGNUit – memorization aid based on the Leitner flashcard system

iGNUit is a memorization aid based on the Leitner flashcard system. The program can be used for both long-term and short-term learning.

It has a GNOME look and feel, a good selection of quiz options, and supports UTF-8. Cards can include embedded audio, images, and mathematical formulae (via LaTeX).

It can import and export several file formats, including CSV. iGNUit can be used for both long-term learning and cramming.

A traditional flashcard is a small rectangular card with a word, phrase, or question written on one side, and the translation or answer written on the other side. Repeatedly picking up flashcards and trying to remember what’s written on the reverse side is a good way to memorize things.

The Leitner flashcard system, invented by Sebastian Leitner (1919 – 1989), is an efficient way to manage time spent learning with flashcards.

In this system, you have a series of boxes numbered from one up to, let’s say, eight. You begin by placing all of your flashcards in box number one. Test yourself with box one’s cards daily. If you can’t remember what’s written on the reverse of a card, return it to box number one. If you can remember what’s written on the reverse, drop the card into box number two. The cards in box two are tested every three days. Any of those that you remember can be moved to box number three, which you’ll only look at every seven days. And so on, up to box eight, with increasing time intervals per box. Whenever you can’t remember what’s written on the back of a card, that card returns to box number one, regardless of which box it was last in.

You end up spending less time on the cards you know well, and concentrating more on the ones you don’t know so well.

Electronic flashcard programs like iGNUit automate this system.

Features include:

  • Drill mode.
  • LaTeX support (optional).
  • Search.
  • Undo and redo.
  • Exclude native markup when exporting to CSV or TSV.
  • jMemorize and Mnemosyne compatibility.

Website: trmusson.dreamhosters.com
Support: Mailing List
Developer: Timothy Richard Musson and contributors
License: GNU General Public License version 3.0


libgnomeui >= 2.24.5 (libgnomeui-dev)
libglade >= 2.6.4 (libglade2-dev)
gconf-2.0 >= 3.2.6 (libgconf2-dev)
libxslt >= 1.1.28 (libxslt1-dev)
gstreamer >= 1.8.2 (libgstreamer1.0-dev)
intltool >= 0.50.0


iGNUit is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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