There are several different reports that students can access inside the program to see how they are doing. This section will cover all the reports, show examples, and explain what information can be gathered from each screen
Progress reports are reports that will show you all the work you have completed inside the program. The program will automatically save the top 3 scores (or 5 in Ten Key Mastery) for each timing. You can go at any time and view those scores and see what has been completed and how well you are progressing in the course.
Accessing the Report
There are two ways that you can access your Progress Report, one being on the student home page(image 1) the other being from the shortcut at the top of the screen(image 2)
Progress Report Screen
This chart is a little intimidating at first, especially if you haven’t used the program much. The report show a record of all your scores since you began the program, as well as information about how much work you have done, and your overall average. See the chart and legend below.
Black Section – This allows you to filter scores to a specific date range. You can see what you did today, last week, or all past scores.
Green Print Button – This allows you to print your report. Your browser should allow you to even “print” to a PDF if you want to save a record of your scores.
Red Area – The text here indicates some things you can do with this report. If you click on any score, a pop-up box appears with detailed information about your scores. If you want to retake a specific score, right-click that score and you will be able to revisit that timing and try for a higher score.
Orange Area – This area shows Effort, Average, and Today’s Date. Effort is the amount of time you spend typing in the program. If you take a 15 second timing, you get 15 seconds worth of effort. If you take a 1 minute timing and quit after 10 seconds, you get 10 seconds worth of effort. For more on Effort, look at the section on Effort Reports below. The average is the average of all lesson averages, just look at it to get an idea of what your final grade might be.
Yellow Area – This area shows the lesson numbers. Lessons start at 1 and go up from there to the right.
Green Area – This area shows the average for the lesson number indicated above. If it is showing 0, it means it isn’t completed, or perhaps there is a weighting issue that your instructor may need to fix. If you are curious about the 0, click on it and it will tell you why it is 0.
Blue Area – This area shows the line numbers. Each lesson is composed of several lines. This dates back to when students would type lines out of a textbook. The naming convention has stuck with the program, but essentially, each “line” is a timing or drill that students need to complete for that lesson.
Purple Area – This area is where a score will be. The purple area in the image above shows a “/” for Lesson 1 Line 1. A slash means there is no score yet. If you have a score, it will appear something like 15/0, indicating 15 WPM with 0 Errors.
As stated in the section above, you can click any score to get more information on that particular score. Below is a screen shot of that pop-up.
This particular score shows that the student scored 52 WPM on January 16th, and even gives the time that the score was recorded.
Like the About Score pop-up, there is also a pop-up for the lesson average that will provide information about the lesson overall. If a lesson is complete, the “About Lesson” pop-up will indicate that the lesson is complete and tell you what the average is. If the lesson is not complete, the pop-up will tell you what you need to do to complete the lesson. See the image below for an example.
Comprehensive Progress Report
To navigate to the Comprehensive Progress Report you will need to select the Progress Reports button at the top of the screen, and then select Comprehensive Progress Report from the drop down menu.
The Comprehensive Progress Report is available in all programs except Ten Key Mastery. The main difference between the two Progress Reports is that the Comprehensive report will show you the top 3 scores that were recorded for all timings, not just the highest score for each lesson. Lesson one line 1 has 3 scores that have been recorded, and that one of the scores has a star next to it. This indicates that correction keys were used(Delete, Backspace, Arrow keys)
What is Effort
Effort is the amount of time spent typing in the program, so literally the amount of effort you are putting into the course. For example, if you complete a 15 second timing, you will get 15 seconds worth of effort no matter what. If you start a 1 minute timing and quit or reset the timing after 10 seconds, you will get 10 seconds worth of effort.
There are of course rules to recording effort:
- You must type for longer than 5 seconds. This means you can’t just hit the reset button a few hundred times and increase your effort.
- You must be typing with less than 10 errors. This means you can’t just hold down a key or press random keys and expect to get effort.
- You must type faster than 5 WPM. This means you can’t just type one or two characters and get effort.
We track effort because it is a good indicator of how you are trying in the program. If you are struggling to get through the lessons, you instructor can look at your effort and provide some guidance for you. If you are putting in a lot of effort, then maybe the grading standards are too hard and may possibly be adjusted.
Accessing Effort Reports
Like the Progress Reports, the Effort Reports can be accessed from the top toolbar and from the home page as well. We have a Daily Effort Report and a Lesson Effort Report that you can choose from. Each provides you with a glimpse at your effort over a specific time span, but vary in the way they present the information to you.
Daily Effort Report
The Daily Effort report is a graph that shows total effort (in minutes) accumulated by day. Below is a sample Daily Effort Report.
By default, the report will start from the first of the month, and show you how much work has been done in that time frame. The time frame is 100% adjustable, so you can zoom out and see all the work you have done all year, or zoom in to just this week.
There are only two points on the graph above. One on 3/9 with 1 minute of work, and the other point on 3/14 with 2 minutes worth of work. The rest of the days have 0 minutes of effort, meaning no work was done.
These data points on the graph are clickable. When clicked, you will be able to see more information about the work that was done on that specific day. In the example below, the data point for 3/14 was clicked. The box below the graph appears and indicates which lesson was worked on, and at what time the work started.
Lesson Effort Report
Similar to the Daily Effort Report, the Lesson Effort Report allows you to view effort accumulated over a specific time span. The report differs in that it shows you lesson by lesson where your time is being spent. Take a look at a sample report below.
By default this report will show effort accumulated over the past 2 weeks. The time span is 100% adjustable, allowing you to see all efforts, or just efforts from today.
This particular example shows that work was done on Standard (Core) Lessons 19, 20, and 21 between 3/29/2017 and 4/12/2017. This particular student spent around 14 minutes on Lesson 19, around 13 minutes on Lesson 20, and about 4 minutes on Lesson 21.
The data points are clickable, and will give you a breakdown of the effort spent on each individual line/timing in that lesson. See the example below.
The data point for Lesson 19 was clicked and it shows that the student worked on Lines 6 – 17 during the original time frame. Each bar indicates the amount of time that was spent on that line in particular. Each of those bars are clickable as well. Once clicked it will produce a gray box to the right of the graph showing each individual attempt at that specific line.
These reports allow you to really drill down and see the time spent everywhere inside the program. For you, it may only be necessary to get a general overview of where your time is being spent. Your instructor has these exact same reports and can drill down just as far (and even further in some cases) to see exactly where you are spending your time.
Like the other reports, we have 2 different types of Grade Reports: Current and Final. Current Grade Report shows the average of all completed lessons along with a grading scale. The Final Grade Report shows the final grade and scores broken down by section.
Current Grade Report
The example above shows that this student has an average “Unweighted” WPM score of 36. Unweighted indicates that the average is literally just the average. It doesn’t take into account the section weights or timing weights. Those weights will most likely cause your “true” grade to be different. If you perform better in the higher weighted sections, your grade will go up. If you performed worse in the sections with higher weights, your score could go down. The Current Grade Report should be used to show how you are doing in the program, but not a definitive outlook on your grade.
Final Grade Report
The Final Grade Report has a lot of information for you on one screen. It has your personal information, your grading profile, entry and exit scores, and most importantly, your final grade.
Starting from the top and working our way through the report, there are several highlighted areas. You can refer to the information below to see what those areas mean and how the report works.
- Blue Area – Personal Information, today’s date, and your effort for the course.
- Red Area – Your final grade and final score. This area will show “Incomplete” if you have not completed all assigned work.
- Pink Area – The days and times you are allowed to use the program.
- Orange Area – The course entry and exit scores, along with improvement. These are not required for a final grade, but something useful to look at when the course is completed to see how you improved.
- Yellow Area – Grading criteria for the course. Errors, correction, and grade levels are laid out so you know what is required.
- Blue Area – The breakdown of all the sections, showing how the final grade is calculated.
- Brown Area – A single section (Lessons 1-11), where the student received an average score of 49.8 WPM. This section is worth 15% of the student’s grade.
- Purple Area – This section shows how the scores are totaled to reach the final grade. Based off this specific report, the Create Lesson “Final_1” was worth 70% of the grade, so it contributed the most to the overall final grade.
The Final Grade Report will be different program to program in the sections and information that is shown. The above report is for Keyboard Mastery, and most students should expect to see something similar.