Integral to the core vision of Mathspace is to be able to provide the right help at the right time for every student. One way we strive to do this is the way that students do their work on Mathspace.
This is what the student workbook looks like:
- This is where students enter in their work. In particular, students will be marked on every intermediate step they enter, not just the final answer. For more details, please see Entering Answers and Mathspace Feedback.
If your students need help in answering the question, they can use the buttons on the right for penalty free help - using these buttons won't penalise them at all.
- Students can ask for hints that are relevant to the step that they are on. There are sometimes two hints - in these cases, the first hint gets the student to think conceptually about the way they should be thinking, and the second hint tells the student more explicitly how they should be constructing their next step.
- In some questions, students can watch a video demonstration of a similar question, but with different numbers. These videos take a step-by-step approach, ensuring that the concept is taught as well as the steps.
- Students can also refer to the lesson attached to the question. This is a popup, so that students can easily swap between the lesson and the question.
- If the student is still unsure how to proceed with the question, they can ask for the Next Step, at which they can then often continue working. This will cause the student to lose marks on this question - but if they can complete the question without further Next Steps, they can still get partial credit.
- If your students have any issues with the question (for example, if they think that the supplied answer is incorrect), they can give feedback. Questions with high volume of feedback are reviewed individually and amended where necessary.
These are the main features available to the students in the Workbook - for more peripheral features, please see More Features of the Workbook. Also, to understand the marking scheme better, please see Understanding the Workbook Colours.