Wordplay Learning Tips

Mastery and Retention - 2 steps to learning

Learning in Wordplay involves two steps. In the first step, you "master" the tiles in a lesson by "playing" that lesson. In the second step, you do periodic reviews to help you build your long-term retention. Reviews are "scheduled" automatically by Wordplay. Each time you log in, Wordplay will let you know if any tiles are due for review. Each tile is scheduled independently to optimize learning. If you do your reviews when scheduled, you will learn with the greatest speed and ease.

A few minutes each day - the most powerful way to learn

Learning a foreign language requires a lot of practice and review. You will learn much more easily if you devote a little time each day to the process. For example, 15 minutes a day, 4 days a week is much more effective than one hour, one day a week.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes

You learn very quickly with Wordplay because you are forced to guess when you don't know the answer. The side effect of this is that you will likely get it wrong more than you get it right. As long as you are trying your best, this is actually a very efficient way to learn.

Feel free to jump ahead

You can browse any lesson in Wordplay by clicking on the lesson name at the left side of the page. When you click play, you will begin play on whatever lesson is selected. (Note that lessons which have been mastered cannot be played) In this way, you can skip past lessons if you feel that you already know those words. Of course, later lessons may assume you know them, so if you skip ahead carelessly you may find the later lessons too difficult.

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