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Creating a new drill

Creating a new drill

This is a list of questions related to the creation of new drills.

 

What is the difference between a drill's subject and name?

The subject reflects the field to which the drill belongs. For example: 'French', 'Maths' or 'Geography'. The name of the drill allows a more precise description of the content, such as: 'Difficult words, chapter 5', 'Multiplication table of 9' or 'Capitals in Europe'.

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Do I have to supply a description?

Yes. The description summarizes what the drill is about. This allows users to see in one glance what may be expected of this drill. Also, you can challenge the users to practice their knowledge about this subject.

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What are tags and do I need to supply any?

Tags are short keywords about the drill to aid finding it back. Tags make it easier to find your drill in the Drill Store. To ensure that your drill is found easily, think carefully about which tags make the most sense. Try to think of how another user would search for your drill in the Drill Store.

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What is the difference between the Known and Unknown sides?

The known side is the part of the learning material that the user already knows. In the example of an idiom list English-French, the known side would be the English words. In the drill editor this is always the most left column.
The unknown side is the part of the content that is to be absorbed by the user. In the example of the idiom list, the French words reflect the unknown side. It is possible to use multiple unknown columns in a drill.

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How do I change a column's title?

Just click the name of the column. A window appears enabling you to change the column's name. Alternatively, click the drop down button next to the column and select 'rename'.

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Can I add an extra column?

Just click the orange vertical bar labeled '+ Add column'.

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Can I remove a column?

Yes. Click on the drop down button next to the column's name. Select 'Remove' to remove the column. Not all columns can be removed. There should always be at least one known column (left) and one unknown column.

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Can I change the question style for each column?

No, the question style can only be changed for the columns on the unknown side. That setting applies to all unknown columns.

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How can I change a column's type?

Click on the drop down button in the intended column header. There are several options. You can turn an unknown column into the known column, or turn the known column into an unknown column. You can also assign a column as 'context' or 'feedback'.

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Can I configure in what way a drill will be practiced?

Yes. Click the checkbox for 'Advanced options'. The first drop down menu determines whether a drill can be practiced productive only or receptive only. If you select 'no restrictions', the user of the drill will be able to determine the practice direction.

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What are practice restrictions?

Using practice restrictions you can configure whether a drill can be practiced in productive mode or receptive mode only. If you do not enforce a practice direction, the user of the drill can decide the practice direction.

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What are introductions?

An introduction shows the question and the correct answer to the user for any entry that is shown for the first time. Drillster does this because it is a learning tool, meaning that it is not necessary to memorize the content before starting out with Drillster. The use of introductions is only useful if the content is actually new to the user.

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How do I save my drill?

Drillster will always save all changes automatically. There is no need to save a new drill or recent changes.

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Can I add feedback to my questions?

Yes. Add a new column to your drill by clicking the orange vertical bar labeled '+ Add column'. Assign an appropriate name to the column, for example 'Feedback'. Click on the blue drop down button in the column header and select the option 'Assign as feedback column'. You can now add feedback information for each individual line. To indicate that some particular feedback should be displayed only when a wrong answer is given, select 'This feedback is displayed after an incorrect answer’.

Try to ensure that there is positive feedback. Explain why an answer is correct, rather than why other options are wrong. So you only remember the desired and important information.

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Can I add remarks to my questions?

Yes. Add a new column to your drill by clicking the orange vertical bar labeled '+ Add column'. Assign an appropriate name to the column, for example 'Explanation'. Click on the blue drop down button in the column header and select the option 'Assign as context column'. You can now add context information for each individual line.

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Can I use subscript and superscript in my drills?

Yes, it is possible to use subscript and superscript. Please see our documentation about formatting text in drills.

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Can I include mathematical equations in my drills?

Drillster supports mathematical equations according to the MathML standard. See our documentation about the use of equations in drills. Simple equations may perhaps be expressed using normal text with superscript and subscript.

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How can I add a MathML equation to my drill?

Drillster supports mathematical equations according to the MathML standard. See our documentation about the use of equations in drills.

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