I'd like to invest a few minutes in an effort to turn this discussion in a positive direction. First off:
Flashcards: Either I know very close to exactly what the English card says (marked easy) or I don't (marked hard). I could easily miss ½ of these, but ¼ to ⅓ is very encouraging.
Hear it Say it: If I can't discern what is being said well enough to repeat it correctly AND know exactly what it means, it's marked hard. I will normally miss ¼ to ⅓ here. I don't care what the voice recognition thinks unless it gives me a good clue on mispronunciation, which is not uncommon.
Write It: If I can't spell the French 100% correct, including accent marks, and except for honest typos, it is marked hard. Again, I will normally miss ¼ to ⅓ here. I also take the opportunity to record after the reveal.
Know It: This can be hard, but I've also answered a lot of questions by now. Any mistakes or omissions, and it gets marked hard.
So, here's my constructive comment for Know It. Assuming I know the French translation, what I've learned to do is rehearse the French with my eyes closed until I have it down pat. I only look at the English so long as I need to in order to memorize the translation. I go over and over it in my head with my eyes closed, then, with my eyes still closed, I record. Hopefully the voice recognition doesn't shaft me, but if it does, I still know exactly what I said, and maybe try again, or if it's being really lame, I simply reveal.
I find this worthwhile for two reasons: 1) Trying to say the French under pressure while looking at the English can cause you to lose your train of French thought and confuse you. 2) I believe that it leads me to spend more time actually thinking in French, instead of translating. It occurs to me that this is what's taking place when I say it repeatedly with my eyes closed. I think what I want to say, and I only see French. Eventually I "see" the entire sentence before my closed eyes, and just “read” it.
And, of course, I go back through all the exercises that were marked hard, and repeat the process until I know everything, and it's likely to take three iterations for a challenging lesson.
If anyone is interested, I'd like to know what others think.