Using the Cognitive Tutor
1. Overview of the Summer 2004 Tutor CurriculumThe curriculum consists of 7 lessons:
When you first log in, the first geometry problem will be presented. As you complete each problem, the next problem in the lesson will be presented. There are 72 problems in the curriculum.
You can log out at any time. When you login in again, the tutor will start you up right where you left off.
When you complete the last problem in a lesson, the tutor will automatically log you out. When you log in again the tutor will start you on the next lesson. The tutor will take you through the first six lessons in the order displayed above. (Instructions for completing the algebra lesson are included in the package.)
2. Starting the Cognitive Tutor and logging in (also described in the general instructions)
Each tutor problem consists of several windows, as shown here. Each of the windows can be moved and resized to fit better on the screen. (Click here for a description of how to move and resize windows.)
4. Completing a Problem
In each lesson, the student enters responses (numbers, algebra expressions, letter, words) in a Worksheet Window and/or in a General Question Tool. In the algebra lesson, the student also uses a grapher tool.
To enter an answer in a Worksheet cell after typing it, press return or click on another cell. Similarly, to enter a typed answer in the Question Tool, press return or click on another line in the tool.
5. Feedback and MistakesThe tutor provides immediate feedback on each entry
6. Getting a Hint
Ask the Tutor for help when you get stuck. The tutor has a built-in help mechanism to provide assistance in solving tutor problems. When a user makes a common mistake (e.g. omitting a negative sign before a negative number), hints usually appear automatically, but most often it is up to the user to ask the computer for help when necessary.You can get a hint from the Tutor in one of the three ways:
A hint window will appear on the screen with a suggestion about how to proceed.
Hints will help you according to how much and what parts of a problem you have solved. Whenever you would like more detailed hints, click on the three arrows pointing to the right (>>>). To return to a previous hint, click on the three arrows pointing to the left (<<<).
7. Finishing a ProblemTo finish a problem, you must complete all the parts of the problem. Select Done when you have completely solved the problem. You can do this in one of the two ways:
8. Logging outYou can log out of the Tutor at any time. The work you have done will be saved for you until the next time you log in. You can log out of the tutor in one of the two ways:
9. Lesson-Specific Problem-Solving Notes
Some general notes on completing the problems in the geometry, probability, percents and proportional reasoning lessons:
You can always ask for a hint if you are not sure what to do or how to answer a question.
If you get stuck in a problem, for example, if the tutor does not give you help on an answer or does not accept a correct answer, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two-Dimensional Measure (Lesson 1), Probability (Lesson 3) and Percents (Lesson 5)
These lessons employ the Workwheet Window. In each problem the numbered rows in the Worksheet correspond to a numbered questions in the Scenario Window. Students answer each question in the Scenario by filling in the cells in the corresponding Worksheet row.
Probability and Odds (Lesson 4) and Proportional Reasoning (Lesson 6)
These lessons employ the General Question Tool. In each problems, questions appear in this tool and answers are typed in blank lines next to the questions.
Three-Dimensional Measure (Lesson 2)
This lesson displays a solid object in the Scenario Window and employs two Worksheet Windows and a General Question Tool as shown here:
The student uses the larger Worksheet (upper right window above) to label and compute the surface area of different faces of the object. The student uses the General Question Tool (lower left above) to enter the total surface area of the solid. The student uses the smaller Worksheet (lower right above) to compute the volume of the solid.
Resizing Tutor Windows
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