Learn how to correct punctuation errors, use verb tenses properly, and identify and correct errors in usage.
The program helps students cope with many troublesome points of grammar, including usage, diction, idioms, grammatical relationships, and punctuation. It also helps students recognize the kinds of errors that commonly occur in their writing. These include run-on sentences, comma faults, sentence fragments, and misplaced or dangling modifiers.
Each unit of the program contains four MAIN MENU parts: Tryout, Warm-up, Workout, and Finals. The program is pre-set with the numbers entered in the parts listed below. Summary screens follow each part of the Main Menu. The Print option shows the student’s progress to date, not just the results of an individual round.
TRYOUT: The student will find out what skills to work on. He will be given three texts for each skill in this unit. To pass a skill, he must make correct choices for all three texts. The bar at the bottom of the screen shows how much of the Tryout he has completed.
Summary-Tryout: When the student has finished all the questions, a summary screen will show how he did. A check next to a skill lets the student know he has passed. The skills that he passes in this section will also be shown as passed in the Warm-up.
WARM-UP: The student will have a chance to practice one skill per round. Help messages, as well as sound and graphic rewards, are available. To pass, the student must make six correct choices in a round. The student is given a maximum of eight questions per round. Checks on the Warm-up menu show skills that the student has already passed, either in the Tryout or in the Warm-up.
Summary-Warm-up: The student gets a star for each correct answer. When the student gets six stars, he gets a check that lets him know that he has passed. The bar at the bottom of the screen indicates how many skills the student has passed in the Warm-up.
WORKOUT: The student will be challenged to use all skills presented in random order. Help messages, as well as sound and graphic rewards, are available. To complete the Workout, the student needs to play at least six rounds, each containing eight randomly selected questions from several skill areas. To pass the Workout, the student must make six correct choices for each skill. The bar at the bottom of the screen first shows how far along he is in the whole Workout and then continues to show how far along he is in the current round.
Wrap-up (follows the Workout): The Wrap-up, which consists of four questions, does not affect the student’s total score, but it gives him a different way to see what he has learned.
Summary-Workout: At the end of each round a summary screen will show how the student did. The student gets a star for each correct answer. Red stars show correct answers for the current round. Gray stars show correct answers for preceding rounds. When the student has five stars in a skill area, he has passed it. When he has gotten five stars in all skill areas, he has finished the Workout. The bar at the bottom of the screen indicates how many skills the student has passed in the Workout.
FINALS: The student is tested on the same skills but with some different texts from those used in the Tryout. He will be given four texts for each skill. To pass a skill, the student must make at least three correct choices. The bar at the bottom of the screen shows how much of the Tryout he has completed. Summary-Finals: When the student has finished all the questions, a summary screen will show how he did. A check next to a skill lets the student know he has passed.
Targeted Workout (follows the Finals): If the student has NOT passed one or more skills in the Finals, he is prompted to do this optional exercise and then repeat the Finals.