September 20th: This post has been updated to reflect additional scoring tweaks we launched today, inspired by some of the feedback in emails and this post’s comments. We’d love to know what you think in the comments… Obrigado! 🙂
We have exciting news! Over the past year, we’ve been rebuilding the Learning Studio from the ground up to prepare for lots of new, powerful features coming your way.
Although things will look mostly the same at first, some new intelligence has already been added to improve the functionality of the lessons, and their scoring…
Before: Classic Scoring
Previously, your lesson score was calculated as a percentage of how many questions you answered correctly.
For example, if you got 90% of the questions correct during a Lesson, that Lesson Bubble would fill in accordingly:
Your progress on individual phrases of a Lesson was not tracked, so the Learning Studio did not know which phrases you had already mastered, or which you still needed to practice.
Now, when you complete a lesson, your Mastery Level for each phrase stored for later in the Learning Studio’s brain:
- You’ll see this list at the end of a lesson, so you’ll know exactly which phrases you still need to work on.
- All of the Phrase Mastery Levels combined determine your Lesson Mastery Level (which is visually represented by those filled-in bubbles on the main Units screen).
- Whether you take a Lesson for the 1st or the 15th time, the questions will intelligently adapt themselves based on your Phrase Mastery Levels.
For example, the difficulty of a question that shows up (multiple choice, listen to type etc) will depend on the Mastery Level of that phrase.
- A phrase with a low Mastery Level may show a “typing practice” or “drag to sort” question, since those are easier.
- A phrase with a higher Mastery Level may show up as a more difficult question kind, such as “listen and type”.
- Weaker phrases will be shown more frequently than Mastered ones, to ensure you’re focussing on the phrases that need more practice.
Changes: September 20
- A Lesson’s horizontal progress bar now represents the Lesson’s current Mastery Level, just like the Lesson’s bubble on the Units screen. (Previously, the progress bar only showed how many questions were remaining before the end of the Lesson… lame!)
- That’s why if you’re repeating a Lesson, your progress bar will already be at least partially filled in when you start the Lesson.
- You can now actually achieve a Mastery Level of 100% by answering all of the questions correct. Isn’t that an amazing concept!? 🙈
- Exception: Review Lessons are based on previous Lessons in that Unit. If those Lessons have weak Mastery Levels (eg. 70% or lower), you’ll see a warning telling you that a full 100% won’t be possible during that Review.
- When a phrase has been fully Mastered, you’ll see a little “Review” indicator. What does that mean? You’ll just have to hover your cursor over it to find out! 😈
pFAQ.’s (Probable Frequently Asked Questions 🤓)
Q: I opened a Lesson for the first time, but the progress bar was already partially filled in… huh?
A: That’s probably a Review Lesson. It contains phrases you’ve already started Mastering in previous Lessons. Similarly, if you retake a Lesson, you’ll notice that your progress bar won’t start at 0%, but will show you your current Mastery Level.
Q: Should I wait to get 100% on a lesson before moving on?
A: Probably not. If you get over 70%, you’ll be invited to move onto the next lesson. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to strengthen your Mastery Level in Review Lessons (which are outlined in yellow on the Units screen).
Since Review Lessons use phrases from previous Lessons, strengthening the Mastery Level of a Review Lesson will also strengthen previous Lessons, and vice-versa.
Q: A Lesson bubble is partially filled in even though I’ve never taken that lesson!
A: Não te asustes… That’s because the Lesson contains phrases you’ve already started mastering. For example, Review Lessons (outlined in yellow) might be almost completely filled in if you’ve been doing well on the previous Lessons.
Q: If these Lesson bubbles are now alive and filling themselves in, how am I supposed to know which ones I’ve actually taken!?
A: Take a deep breath! Lesson bubbles will get checked off as you complete them.
Q: I opened a Lesson to find a billion questions waiting for me to answer instead of just the usual ±30
A: Some Lessons have lots of phrases, so it takes more questions for you to master them. We’re working on a way to autosave your scores in the middle of a Lesson, so you don’t have to worry about losing your progress.