Hi all, I've been back on this forum for a while now and have ran in to a dilemma. Thanks to work and school deadlines, I've either been super behind in anki or passing a ton so I could have more manageable reviews. Consequently, I'm falling more when I actually get to study, and have more leeches. I'm also struggling with grammar points I was more solid on a few months ago.
Do I just keep trucking and adding words (and grammar) and trust that everything will even out eventuality? Would it be worth restarting? I'm about to leave school, so I'll have more time at home to study.
Unless you have a decent chunk of your decks due, I'd suggest pausing (or drastically reducing) your new cards until you work out your reviews. I restarted before, but I had almost 4000 reviews due from Core, and had forgotten so much that it was just easier to restart.
Some people suggest limiting your reviews per day in cases like this, but I think it's better to just truck through as much as you want for the day.
If I understand your situation correctly I would strongly advise against simply limiting daily reviews and suggest making use of the suspend feature to allow you to focus on what you have time for. The difference is that if you just review what you can today it's quite likely that when those cards next come up they won't be as high priority as some long overdue cards. This cycle repeats itself such that cards rarely get shown when they're actually due and the whole point of the SRS is lost.
If you suspend cards you can't deal with you are able to efficiently review the cards you have time for now and efficiently work through the backlog as you have time later.
As for whether you should just start again I think that's partly a personal decision and depends a lot on what's in the deck and how far you are behind and I can't really tell any of that from your post.
Oh wow, that post is proof you should not post in bed sleep deprived, haha! Whoops.
Twice now I've worked up to 1k+ due in my core deck and both times I've passed all those cards just to get the deck down to a manageable level. So the SRS aspect is already screwed up. Same with grammar, except more like 200-300 cards due. So I've got cards for both vocabulary and grammar that are credited and scheduled a lot farther out than they should be. I haven't been adding any new cards - these are just reviews of already seen cards. So not quite as bad as 4k, but I've been passing the whole bunch and kind of screwed up the purpose of SRS.
Just keep trucking. Don't add any new cards and answer the cards honestly. The SRS will eventually figure everything out. A big backlog can be demoralizing, but having a backlog isn't really that bad of a thing and the algorithm will schedule the next card at the optimal time regardless. So you don't need to to worry that you need to game the SRS in order to catch up.
I agree that adding new cards is a bad idea. I have been in this situation, and I just spend as much time reviewing as is convenient, and let the SRS do its job. Just ignore the backlog number as much as possible.
Edited: 2017-04-21, 5:11 pm
Nifty. I'll just keep plugging forward, then, and probably start adding new cards because my 'coming due' cards are quite low right now. I'll definitely keep these strategies in mind in case I get backlogged again!