All of the lessons in Grammar In A Nutshell are designed for personalised learning so are ideal for the home school environment.
The exercises in each of the lesson modules provide immediate feedback to the students and this allows them to repeat exercises
until they have learned the concepts that have been presented. This means that it is not essential for the parent to be fully
conversant with English Grammar in order to use this product with their students. A Student Management page that can be accessed
from the parent's home page (see below) allows parents to manage each of their students and to monitor their progress through each
of the lesson modules by reviewing their scores.
Student Home Page
The Student Home Page is very simple and easy to use. It has two large buttons that allow each student to access the
lesson modules and their results that have been stored from the assessment lessons which they have completed in each module.
Selecting the desired lesson module is very easy - simply click the desired tab to view that module. Use the arrow buttons
to access the previous/next lesson or use the radio buttons in the left panel to select a specific lesson. You can view a summary
of the contents of each lesson module from the Contents
page in the About Us section. The software
keeps a record of where each student is up to and will return them to that lesson when they next login.
Each Lesson Module contains information, exercise and assessment lessons and an explanation about each is shown below.
1. Information Lesson
These lessons (such as shown on the left) contain information that needs to be read as they
present new concepts about English Grammar that are important to be understood and learned.
2. Exercise Lesson
The Exercises are used to reinforce the concepts that have been learned in the Information Lessons.
They enable you to do more practice, several times over if necessary until the student is confident they can complete the exercise
correctly. Some exercises require you to click and drag objects and if correct will "snap" into position heralded
by a "correct" sound, while if incorrect, will return to the original position accompanied by an "incorrect"
sound, inviting you to try again. When completed, you can click "Play Again" to repeat the exercise.
Other exercises with radio button choices have a "Check Answers" button and when pressed the Grammar Checker will
calculate and display your score and highlight the correct radio selections for each question, so you can check your incorrect answers.
No scores are recorded for any of the Exercises.
3. Assessment Lesson
Each module contains several Assessment Lessons that test how well you have learned the information presented in that Module.
Scores are recorded for each Assessment Lesson and these can be viewed in the "My Results" page. Unlike Exercise Lessons,
Assessment Lessons will not indicate incorrect selections. Some Assessment Lessons may contain a "Submit" button that you need to
press in order for the Grammar Checker to mark the lesson and provide you with a score. Only the score from the latest attempt for each
Assessment Lesson is shown in the "My Results" page.
The Assessment Results can be accessed from the "My Results" button on the home page or by clicking the
"Module Assessment" heading from the Lesson Modules page. A weighted average score is shown for each Module.
To view the detailed scores for each Test within a Lesson Module select the Module required by clicking the radio button
for that Module. The Module Assessment Details show the results of the LAST attempt for each lesson in the selected Module.
The score is a ratio expressed as a percentage of the correct divided by done.
Parent's Home Page
Parents of home school children have an extra button on their home page that provides access to the Home School
Student Management page where they can manage all of their students and view their results. This allows them to monitor
each student's progress across each of the Lesson Modules and direct them to do a Lesson Module again if their results
indicate that they have not learned the concepts presented well enough.
Home School Student Management
All of the Home School Student Management functions can be done from this one screen.
1. Add User
This function allows the parent to add a student by entering their first and last name, username and password and clicking OK.
The maximum number of students is dependant on the size of your home school licence.
2. Edit User, Delete User, View Results
These function buttons on the right of each user in the list allow the parent to perform these functions on individual students
by clicking the appropriate button in the function column for that user.