Vocabulary Study Online (VSO) is an all-in-one course to study English vocabulary. It's powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology to help students build vocabulary efficiently and at their paces.
This VIP version is simplified to let VIP users can run multiple levels parallelly in a straightforward way, called as VSOBL (Vocabulary Study Online By Levels) (VIP's details are in Help.)
You can load the exam words by level with one click. Your course of the specified level will be set up automatically.
By design, the AI scheduler of examword.com will drive students' studying and reviewing, and push them to achieve their goals as soon as possible.
VSOBL has an auto-reminder feature. If you don't study, review, or test over seven days, it will send a reminder email to push you forward. If you dislike the reminder, you can cancel it from the email's bottom link.
To help you start quickly, we will show you some primary features of VSOBL briefly. (More questions and answers are Here.)
1 Account and Sign-On
From the angle of technology, VSOBL is a cloud-based app. It saves all data at examword.com. You need to sign on as a VIP before starting a level course.
2 Create Course by Level
If you don't create a course yet, please create your course by selecting one level from your exam. Your vocabulary course will be created automatically.
If this is your first course under VSOBL, the Preference will be set as default values. They are:
Student Name: an identifier for you, like abc001;
Report Email: your test result will be sent to it;
Auto Report: checked, every test result will be sent automatically;
Test Size: question numbers in each test sheet;
Words in New Page: Word number in new words page;
Words in Studying Page: Word number in studying words page;
Words in Locked page: Word number in locked words page;
Words in Review: Word number in review page;
You will be assigned a Class No too. (If you have a tutor in VSO/VSOBL program, he or she may change your Class No.)
You can use VSOBL running multiple courses (each for one level) parallelly, the Preference works for all your levels or courses.
All fields in Preference can be updated anytime after created. How to do it
3 Load Course/Level
In VSOBL, a course is namely one specified level of your exam vocabulary. You can run multiple courses at the same time. Load a course is quite simple, just one click on the level. If it's your first time accessing the level, its words will be loaded automatically.
4 Course's Summary
By Settings->Summary, you can view your course briefly, there are three sections.
Words and Marks
shows the current progress of vocabulary building.
New word: the number of words you loaded but never touch yet.
In studying: the number of words you learned, and you will review by schedule.
Here Mark stands for the count of your review. 1 means to schedule for first-time review, 2 means to schedule for second-time review, etc. When Mark is 9, it doesn't increase anymore.
It shows the number of words scheduled for the next ten days to review. It's for you to estimate workload. (How to get it)
It shows the logs of Load Words. You can view what and when you loaded, and an abstract of each load. (How to get it)
5 Working Word Lists
In each VSOBL course, there are three working lists separately for
New words: you loaded but not learned or touched yet.
Studying words: you learned and will review in future
Locked words: excluded from New or the Studying words, you don't want to learn or review anymore.
6 New Word
After you load a word to a VSOBL course, it's called a new word, no matter if you know it or if you will learn it.
The new word list is the start point of a course. After loading one level's words, you can open the New Words page.
This page is designed to learn new words, each time it displays six words by default. You may change the word number by Preference, but too big doesn't help to learn new words efficiently.
There are four options for each new word:
Keep as new: leave it in new word list, and learn it in the future;
Change to studying: move it to the studying word list, it will be reviewed under AI scheduler;
Change to locked: move it to locked word list, don't learn or review again; but you can get it back to new or studying lists;
Delete it: remove this word from current course, never revisit it in future;
In general, you should lock or delete known words from the new word list and move learned words to the studying word list for future review.
Learning new words from New Word List page is a daily action. At the beginning, we recommend:
The studying word list page is for adjusting individual word's status. It's not a daily action for vocabulary building.
9 Today Review
It is the most characteristic feature of VSOBL. In vocabulary building, students spend more than 80% of the time on scheduled reviewing, namely on this page. It's a daily action.
The Today Review page is very similar to the studying words page; both pages show studying words. The differences are:
This page is much smaller than studying words page because it just lists the words that are scheduled on the current day or previous days to review. In other words, it only contains words you need to review right now.
Besides, Today Review page adds ONE point to every word's mark automatically; the words' statuses are updated already. If you submit the page, all words' marks will be plus one.
10 Quick Test
The Quick Test is the primary tool for both students and tutors to evaluate and control the progress of vocabulary building.
The test sheet is designed to check if students know or learn tested-words with multiple definition options. One test sheet may have 10 to 50 quizzes; you can adjust the test size by Preference. Each quiz is to choose the correct definition for the tested-word. VSOBL produces the test sheet dynamically.
To make a test sheet, you need to specify the list of test: new words, studying words, or locked word. You can also define the test range among a list. By default, the range is A to Z; it means all words in the current word list, but you can shrink the range on demand.
(How to do it)
If the specified list and range have enough words to make a test sheet, you will see a new test sheet on the page, and the timer is turned on for the new test. You should answer the quizzes immediately.
At the test sheet, you can see two buttons:
Check Answer: Check test result, show wrong answers in red. If your current score is less than 40%, VSOBL will refuse the request.
(How to do it)
Save Result: Save test result to the cloud for future viewing and sending. If you don't save, the test result will disappear after you leave this page.
(How to do it)
Besides, if you checked Auto Report in Preference, the result will be sent to Report Email accordingly.
11 Test Report
The test reports are used for both students and tutors to manage vocabulary building. After finishing a test, the student should click the Save Result button to save the test result to the cloud. Notice that the test result won't be stored automatically unless the tester pushes Save Result button to keep it.
The Current Report shows the latest test report. You can retrieve other reports through All Reports.
When viewing a report, you can see a Sent It button, which sends the report to Report Email.