Tutor

Purpose:

These exercises help to fix in your memory the song text (lyrics) and the orthography of song words. This subroutine can improve your aural skills of voice recognition of the specific song.

See more about the Tutor in the Exercises Mode.

Description

1. Enter/Leave Buttons of Exercise. The software saves any current state of the exercise for each user; therefore, the exit from the exercise does not mean its end. To complete the exercise, or to start it anew, you have to do it to the end, or to restart, choosing the menu command Exercise\Restart this Exercise.

You have not more than one hour (60 minutes) to finish the exercise. If you have exceeded this time limit, the exercise begins anew.

If you have entered the exercise, the software begins to count the time only after the first task object activation.

Look here to learn more about it.

2. Stanza Playback Buttons. This is the software feature which does not have the direct relation to exercises. Press the chosen button, if you want to playback the specific stanza. The function of any Stanza Playback button does not depend on the Tutor state. Press the same button again, if you want to stop the playback.

3. Line State Indicators. The indicators can be in three states: On-start, In-process, or Finished. The line state depends on operations which the user has done with this line while doing the exercise. See here to learn more details.

4. Task Object Activity Indicator. The confused lines or the confused words are called as task objects. If you deal with the chosen task object, this task object is the active one. The activity indicator points to the active task object.

The note: The line pointed with the  indicator is the current line. The current line may not coincide with the active line. The current line is the next task object, which can be activated with the Space key, or automatically. You can choose another current line using UpDown keys (if the song text (lyrics) pane is active), or with a single-click upon the wanted line.

5. Score Pane. In this pane you can see the counting of points which you receive in the process of doing the exercise. Look here for details.

6. Button of the Next Correct Element. If you have difficulties while doing the exercise, you can use the Next Correct button. This button indicates you the next correct word, or letter depending on the exercise type. If you press this button, your score number is decreased by one point. If your mouse pointer is within the task pane, you can use the context menu as shown in the picture below.

7. Announcers Buttons. Each task object (a line or word depending on the exercise type) can be voiced by announcers. If the task object playback is on, you can stop the playback pressing the same button.

The playback of any audio fragment is available in accordance with a superseding principle, i. e. if you press the chosen button during the playback of any other fragment, this action stops the previous fragment and immediately the new chosen fragment begins to sound.

8. Singer Button. Unlike announcers, the singer sings any line entirely irrespective of the exercise type. It can complicate the task in exercises in which you deal with words and letters (ex. 3 and 4). But you can use Announcers buttons and hear the word you need. However, try to recognize the word during singing of the line. It is very useful for your aural practice.

9. Errors Indicator. This indicator helps you to know the number of mistakes which you can afford during the task implementation. There is the calculated maximum number of errors for each task. If you exceed this maximum number, the task is dumped and restarted anew.

10. Task Pane. This is the pane where you are doing the chosen exercise. The task consists in the dragging through the pink dotted line (named a boundary) the words or the letters (task elements) depending on the exercise type. You have to drag task elements in the correct order. If you do a mistake, you are penalized and the penalty consists in decreasing of your score by several points.

If the task begins, the Task Pane becomes active. The active Task Pane is designated with a pink frame. The activity of the Task Pane means that all commands from your keyboard can be realized in this pane.

The note: The activity of the Task Pane can be lost if you click within any other pane, or you press the Tab key. In this case the Task Pane does not answer to commands of your keyboard. If you put your mouse pointer upon the task element, or click within the Task Pane, it becomes active anew.

You can do the exercise in the following way:
  • Bring your mouse cursor to the chosen task element (word/letter), then the pulsing question indicator does appear. Drag this element downwards through the boundary. If you do correctly, the element automatically goes to its proper place. If you do mistakenly, the element is to be reset.
  • You can use Left, Right arrows of your keyboard to choose another task element. The question indicator appears over the chosen element. Confirm your choice pressing the Space key.
  • Use your mouse bringing the pointer to the wanted element, then press the Space key to confirm your choice.

You can interrupt the task pressing the Esc key. No automatic activation of any task does occur. In this case you have to choose any On-Start task object to continue the exercise.

Font Resizing

The Task Pane has no scrolling across its text. It may happen that the text can not be placed within the Task Pane. The only way to resolve the problem is to change the font size. You can do this in any Tutor state choosing the menu command: View\Resize Task Font, or using the same command in the context menu.

The note: If you resize the font while doing the exercise, the compulsory exit occurs (but the exercise state is saved). Thereafter, you can resume the same exercise.

11. Trash Can. You have to use the Trash Can for the removal of any unnecessary (confusing) element. You have to use the Trash Can only in exercises 2 and 4. You can drag the wanted element to the Trash Can using the mouse, or pressing the Delete key (be sure that the correct task element is active!).

The note: If you send to the Trash Can the wrong element, the software considers this as a mistake!