Regardless of the learning method you use, you need to be able to track your progress. As a language learner, you need to see yourself becoming better. Otherwise, you’ll likely get lost in a series of lessons and your motivation will go down the drain. This is especially true when you have the opportunity of creating your own personalized learning path.
You never want to think “I’ve been learning this language for 3 months, but I have no idea if I’m getting any better or what I have learned”. This is a sentence that we’ve heard many times from people trying to learn from unorganized sources (YouTube, blogs etc.). Every time we hear this, we feel a mix of negative emotions because we know that this person is getting frustrated and will most likely give up. As you may know by now, we are very passionate about seeing people succeed when it comes to language learning. The same three months with something more organized would have been a much more positive experience.
You need to be able to see which lessons you took, and how well you understood the material. You’ll find that some lessons in Ouino will be taken once and you’ll never need to go back, but other lessons may require more practice before you get a full grasp on the material. We included two main ways to clearly identify your progress within the program.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.Benjamin FranklinAmerican Inventor (and much more)
After you complete a lesson, choose a Knowledge Star to rate yourself on how well you understand and remember the material presented in the lesson. You will rate your knowledge on a four-star system.
1 star ★ – You took the lesson, but had a very hard time understanding or remembering the words in the presentation. You feel confused and know you’ll need to revise this a few times in order to really grasp this lesson.
2 stars ★★ – You understand and will remember some of the words presented here, but some are still confusing and will need a lot of revision.
3 stars ★★★ – You understand the presentation very well, but you will need to come back to it at least once to feel fully confident in your own knowledge.
4 stars ★★★★ – You understand and remember all the words very well and will never need to go back to it. You feel fluent in this lesson.
These are general guidelines of what the Knowledge Stars represent. Everyone has a different goal and can use them like they please. The purpose of the Knowledge Stars is to give you an incredible flexibility and control over your progress. Sometimes you may get 100% on an exercise, but you know that the words are still a little unstable and that you would not necessarily remember them the next time around. You could also get a lower score, but feel that this particular lesson is not all that important to you and give yourself 4 stars. We are not here to judge on your self-evaluation.
The stars are also very useful for people who have already started learning the language somewhere else. For example, you may start the program and already know the numbers by heart and feel very confident about them. Go ahead and click 4 stars under the numbers lesson and it will show up in the menu. The Knowledge Stars are there to guide you. Unfortunately, clicking on 4 stars for every lesson will not get you fluent… 😛 I’m sure none of you thought about cheating, but remember that the Knowledge Stars have to mean something, otherwise they are useless. Use them to your advantage to guide your progress, not just to have a nice colorful menu. 🙂
Bronze medal – 70-79%
Silver medal – 80-89%
Gold medal – 90-99%
Fluency award – 100%
If decide to skip a level, your score will be updated for the easier levels also. It is not mandatory to complete all levels of the exercises, but you need to be able to get a high score on the hardest level we offer and taking the easier levels can certainly help you get there. 🙂
When you complete some exercises, your score will then appear in the module menu on top of the corresponding icon of the lesson. If you complete a large enough portion of the exercises, you will also see a medal appear in the menu. Here are the scores required to receive a medal in the menu.
Bronze medal – 55-70% of exercises complete
Silver medal – 70-85% of exercises complete
Gold medal – 85-99% of exercises complete
Fluency award – 100% of exercises complete
The score you see in the menu is the percentage of exercises complete. Since there are multiple levels, you will not see 100% in the menu if you scored 100% on the easiest level. To see the Fluency Award on the lesson icon, you will need to get a perfect score in the hardest level. For example, if you get a perfect score in the first level of the Vocabulary module, you will get a Fluency Award for that level. However, in the Vocabulary menu, you will see Exercises 25% Complete, since there are 4 levels. Get a perfect score on the third level and you will see Exercises 75% Complete, and so forth.
This is a lot of information and may sound complicated, but it is really simple. Plus, it doesn’t really matter because your end goal will be to reach for that Fluency Award in the hardest level. Right? 😛
Hint: The menu is absolutely beautiful when it is filled with Red Ribbons and Yellow Stars. Stunning red and yellow are the colors of language-learning success. 😉
By using the Ouino calendar, you will be able to visually see the areas you need to work on. For example, if you have 20 listening badges at the end of the month, but only 1 speaking badge, you may want to try and increase your speaking activities in the next month. You certainly don’t need to do every learning activity each day (unless you’re superhuman), but you should try to find a nice balance in your language-learning schedule and tweak your goals if you want get the most out of your learning time.
Let’s take a look at Julia’s calendar. Julia is very dedicated and she is making great progress. She used Ouino for 18 days in the month, has 17 listening badges, 14 reading badges, 21 watching badges, 10 writing badges and 8 speaking badges. She tries to include the language in her life in many ways. If she keeps this up, she will be conversational in no time. As time goes by however, Julia may want to tweak her schedule a little to increase the occurrence of writing and speaking activities.
Now let’s take a look at Tom’s calendar. Tom loves languages, but he works full time and loves to spend nights and weekends with his friends. Tom used Ouino for 8 days in the month, has 5 listening badges, 2 reading badges, 6 watching badges, 1 writing badge and 0 speaking badges. From this observation, it is easy to see that Tom will have made much less progress than Julia, but Tom is okay with that. It all depends on your goals and reasons to learn the language. There is nothing wrong with learning the language more slowly, but at least it’s easy to understand why Julia made more progress. The calendar is a very good representation of how long it will take someone to learn the language. It can take anywhere from a few months to several years to learn a language to fluency. It all depends on what you accomplish every day, and you can track it all within the Ouino program.
Trophies: The trophies are a fun way to see your progress. It is a visual way to see your current level and getting all of them is a real challenge. You will unlock most of them within the program, but some of them are unlocked by completing some external activities and logging them on your calendar. There is a total of 20 trophies to unlock. Try to discover them all! A user who unlocks all trophies with a golden frame should be fluent or very close to it.