We hope that TimeToTime is the right tool for you, but it may not be and perhaps you're wanting to learn the wrong kind of material with TimeToTime. This article explores what TimeToTime is for, and conversely what it's not for.
What TimeToTime is good at
TimeToTime is for learning the dates (in particular, the years) of events.
To be more precise, it's for building a strong association between an event that you know, and a date that you don't yet know.
For example, you probably know that someone first landed on the moon. This happened in 1969. You know about "first landed on the moon" but may not know about "1969".
This is where TimeToTime excels - it helps you learn, and then remember, that 1969 is associated with that event.
If you're learning history and come across some event, you will have learned about that event. Add it to TimeToTime, to help learn and remember the date of that event, and add links in order to help learn and remember the context of that event and how it links to other events.
What TimeToTime is not so good at
Imagine you come across a timeline, say the List of Nobel laureates in Literature. It's an interesting list.
When you start learning it though, you are faced with learning two things simultaneously.
- The name of an unknown winner, say "Samuel Beckett"
- The unknown date of that win, "1969"
TimeToTime is not so useful when you're trying to learn both of these things at the same time. If you don't know the person, and you don't know the date, building the relationship is super hard. TimeToTime is for building a strong association between an event that you know, and a date that you don't yet know - and in this case you don't know either.
Your mileage may vary though: some people certainly do learn lists like this. But we feel it's much harder.