This article explains how to setup the student profile and the default options for the Spelling Practice:
After launching the application (for the installation procedure please refer to this link),
from the application’s main screen choose Settings and then Test Options from the inner menu as shown in the image below:
from this panel setup the spelling test option:
The name of the student that is going to attend the spelling training session. This has not to be confused with the user name (related to the user account) that can be edited from within the Account Panel.
The grade of the student, using this parameter the software will choose a spelling words list suitable for the student. This means that if the student wants to raise the test difficulty could choose a higher grade.
To better understand how the software chooses the spelling lists used during training refere to the related article.
The dictionary that will be used for the tests, Spelling Bee NInja comes bundled with an official dictionary named “Spelling Bee Ninja 1” but also offers the possibility to create an unlimited number of custom dictionaries, importing the words from virtually any source.
This option specify the difficulty level: it can be set to Standard, Hard and Harder, when set to Hard or harder a certain amount of words will be chosen from grades higher that the actual one. In particular:
Note that this setting is effective only when using Official dictionaries (custom dictionaries cannot be official), the harder the level the higher the potential score reachable.
This settings defines the way the Student can access to word repetition during spelling bee sessions, possible values are:
this option defines how many words a Spelling Training Session will contain, can be set to 10, 15 and 20.
If set to Yes, the student will be allowed to access to the word definition during the test.
The more restrictive all these options will be the higher potential score could be reached, the harder the test will be.
After setting the desired values save them by pressing the “Save” button at the bottom of the panel.
A more precise idea on how and how much these settings affects the final spelling test grades is given in the article How the spelling score is calculated
The idea behind the Spelling Bee training software is to setup the options to a comfortable level, then, once the maximum score is reached, proceed by increasing an option a time and keep on training, constantly adding the misspelled word to the study list and studying definitions.
Once a Student has acquired the capability to master tests of a higher level of difficulty than his/her grade then it means a very good spelling skill has been reached.
Beyond this level is strongly suggested to start creating new custom dictionaries containing the spelling words from the latest contests or the ones provided by teachers.
Is always a good practice, at the end of each session, to write down the unknown words and importing them in a custom dictionary named for instance “Unknown words“, then training regularly with using that dictionary.