Effective Enthuware

Based on my certifications I have a some experience with exam simulators and mock questions from other sources. The years I served as a student assistant at the Leibnitz Institute for Science Education as well as my personal interest in this topic supplied me with a background in learning techniques. This post describes how to apply the Leitner System to the Enthuware Test Studio.

The Enthuware Test Studio is a software that can mock a test environment and provide various additional exam preparation tools. “Question Banks” can be purchased for it and loaded. I bought the Question Bank for the Sun Certified Business Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (CX-310-091), because I have the old version of the certificate and want to upgrade.

The Leitner System

The Leitner System is a method of grouping questions based on how often and when they need to be repeated. Enthuware Test Studio does not directly support it, but unlike Whizlabs it provides an indirect way using the study notes.
Enthuware Test Studio Missed Questions

  • When an answer is wrong, the question will end up in the section “Missed Questions” automatically
  • That section shows the questions in a table which can and should be sorted by the custom note (“My Note”)
  • After a missed question has been tried again, enter the corresponding box number of the Leitner System as a note using the “Edit Note” button on the bottom of the question window. (Increase number for correct answer, back to box one for wrong answer.)
  • Re-order by “My Note” when the boxes changed. Repeat questions in a frequency based on their box number (low numbers more often).

Shortcomings:

  • Only questions that have been missed the first time will end up in the “Missed Questions” section, although according to the Leitner System they would still have to be repeated a couple of times in decreasing intervals. But especially when time is short this can also be an advantage. If any questions can be skipped, then those which had been answered correctly at the first attempt.
  • It is possible to memorise the position of the answers in a multiple-choice or single-choice question, because Enthuware Test Studio does not support shuffling the order of the answers.

I found those shortcomings to be acceptable.

Overall learning approach

  • Learn the basics about the test subject from a general book or tutorial and practice. (The Sun EE Tutorial is great for SCBCD, SCWCD and SCDJWS.)
  • Study a single exam topic from the certification, for example in Mikalai Zaikin’s study guides
  • Make a custom test in Enthuware Test Studio with a subset of the available questions for this exam topic (not too many) and take it.
  • While repeating this routine for the other questions of the same exam topic and later for other exam topics, integrate repeating of missed questions based on the system above into your daily routine.

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  3. Paul A says:

    Hello Kai,
    First of all, thank you for your review of our product. Second, we are currently implementing the “Leitner Tests” feature in our exam simulator and since you have good understanding of the system, I was wondering if you could give some thoughts on how you would like have this feature work. I mean, if you were to take a “Leitner Test”, how would you expect it to work?

    Your feedback will be extremely helpful to for making the simulator more useful. You may also contact me directly.

    thank you,
    Paul.

    (P.S. Although this post is directed to Kai, if any body else is interested in sharing their thoughts on this, we would love to hear them and we will try our best to incorporate them.)

  4. Paul A says:

    Enthuware Test Sudio now facilitates learning in Leitner Mode right out of the box.
    Comments welcome!
    -Paul.

  5. Kai Witte says:

    Hello Paul,

    thanks for keeping us up to date about this great new feature!

    Kai

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