Links to the SOLO taxonomy
All our questions are graded Achieved, Merit and Excellence which correspond to the 3-4 levels of the SOLO taxonomy: One or Many ideas (uni and multistructural), Relate (relational), Extend (extended abstract).
At Senior Level The questions at the senior levels in the Studybetter™ subjects are designed to prepare students for the knowledge and critical thinking skills required for senior curricula and use the appropriate language at each level. For example,
- Achieved: identify, name, describe, What? etc
- Merit: compare, explain, relate, analyse, How? etc
- Excellence: evaluate, reflect, discuss, How well? To what extent? etc
At Junior Level At this level the questions require students to
- use or identify one or many ideas for Achieved level questions
- relate ideas for Merit level questions
- extend their thinking for Excellence level questions.
The type of questions used - text input, multi-choice and multi-select questions - are valid assessment approaches according to the Creating Effective Assessments for Teaching and Learning Using Solo Taxonomy course run by Cognition Education.
Teachers can begin to use the Studybetter™ results to indicate what levels students are thinking at.
Helpful Feedback on Livewire Learning (the NZ version of Studybetter™)
1. A Wellington high school Head of English writes:
Re participating in your English teacher's workshop: I would be especially keen to show how I have used the programme to really improve results in Unfamiliar Text in both Level One and Level Two. There has also been a very pleasing flow-on effect at Level Three - last year my class had a 100% pass rate in AS3.3, something we have not achieved before. The class were all products of the very focused use of Studybetter™ in previous years.
This year I have been working very explicitly with my bright Year 11 class in showing them how to maximise the use of the programme by checking their errors carefully and seeing whether they are just careless errors, annoying errors (like using a capital letter in their answer when it should be lower-case) or errors caused by a lack of understanding of the particular language technique - in which case I direct them specifically to the section in the programme that can help them to develop that skill more thoroughly.
I also did a diagnostic test with my class at the start of the year and highlighted areas that they need to work on, so now they all have an individualised programme that they can attend to at home or in spare classroom time.
2. Ann Cook, after school tutor from Warkworth, says:
Our senior maths tutor uses Studybetter™ for all NCEA Level 1 and 2 students and (so far) they have all passed with flying colours.
Workbooks - The best of both worlds
The workbooks contain detailed notes in full colour, with graded questions. Aligned to the eLearning program, together these resources provide a comprehensive and integrated programme to empower students to become successful self-directed learners.
English Years 8 - 9
Arranging Words This write-on workbook provides lively colour-coded chapters on punctuation, word classes and sentence structure. Each chapter has the key points in summary tables and in depth explanations with worked examples, students can challenge themselves in the write-on sections and then take the opportunity to practise online.
Working with Words This write-on workbook provides colour-coded chapters on the background to spoken and written language, the history of English, derivations, poetic devices, language features and close reading skills.
Each chapter has the key points in summary tables and in depth explanations with worked examples, students can challenge themselves in the write-on sections and then take the opportunity to practise online.
English Years 10 and 11
Science Year 10
Physics Year 11
Hard copy or photocopiable PDFs of write-on workbooks are available for:
Physics Year 12
Photocopiable PDFs of write-on workbooks are available for:
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