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9. How Do I Set Up an Adaptive Study Plan for a Course?
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First, you’ll want to make sure that your content pieces share categories. Our system ties together lessons, questions, and flashcards by category, so if they’re different, you’ll need to make tough decisions (or an adaptive study plan might not be right for you). 


Provided that an Adaptive Study Plan makes sense for your course, there are two other pieces of information you’ll need to provide:


  1. Exam Weightings / Importances by category
    1. For example, if Topic D makes up 60% of the questions in the certification exam, and Topic A only makes up 10% of the questions in the certification exam, we’d consider Topic D more important. If Topic A isn’t a prerequisite, we might want to show Topic D sooner to a learner since that could lead to a higher return-on-investment (and help build learner confidence) than Topic A.

      1. Similarly, if a learner has already mastered Topic D but knows nothing about Topic A, then the adaptive plan would still serve up Topic A first — even if it’s not as important.

      2. Basically, exam weightings help inform our adaptive study plan algorithm.

  2. Required versus Optional Categories

    1. You might have some categories that aren’t necessary for your ultimate goal / learning outcome (e.g., “Further Reading,” “Historical Background,” etc.). In that case, you can mark those categories as Optional, and they won’t be included in the adaptive study plan.

      1. Instead, they’ll be found in a different tab called Extra Knowledge Sets. This tab allows learners to review that content if they want.


If you’re still interested in creating an Adaptive Study Plan, please reach out to BenchPrep’s Learning Design & Strategy team.

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