Lizard Point Quizzes

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Easier learning for the places in the UK

Mar 142018

If you're trying to learn UK major cities or the counties of England, it just got a bit easier. With a premium account, you can now customize these quizzes to include just the questions you are trying to learn.  

To customize these quizzes, sign in with your premium account, and head to the Create your own Custom Quiz page.


As an example, I set up an England: West and East Midlands quiz.  Now you can go ahead and create your own quizzes for whatever county groupings you wish to study. Learning is always easier when you break it down into smaller chunks.

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If you aren't familiar with custom quizzes,  you can learn about them in the Custom Quiz FAQ.

To customize these quizzes, you need a Teacher Plus account or any of our Individual support plans.

View and download ALL your students' scores

Nov 012017

In July 2017, we launched a trial feature for Teacher Plus accounts: the ability to view all your students' scores (not just the best and most recent scores). The feedback from teachers has been extremely positive, and the extra data on our servers hasn't caused any issues, so we're happy to report that we will continue to offer this feature.

Here is an example of the old-style summary information you would get. You can see that the student has done the Central Africa: countries quiz 4 times, and you can see his best score for each mode (practice, test, and strict). You can also see the date and score of the last time he completed a quiz, which was in strict mode. But you can only see 3 scores, and that he tried 4 times. 

student scores summarySample summary result for a quiz

 

With the new Student scores details feature, you get the results of every quiz your student completes.  With the new details, you can clearly see that the student has done the quiz once in each of practice and test mode, and twice in strict mode. You also get the exact score (not just the percentage), and the date and time each quiz was completed. 

 

 student scores detailsSample detail result for a quiz

 

 

You can also filter your results by class, quiz, test mode, and date range.

 filter results by class, quiz, test mode and date The options to filter your results

 

You can also download the scores to a CSV file.

Please visit the demo of how these features work if you would like to play around with the filter and the download.

 

 

Water water everywhere... now you can customize it

May 292017

Looking for a water quiz? We've got quizzes. We've got water. You've come to the right place.


We've just launched a customizable quiz with over 200 bodies of water (oceans, seas, bays, gulfs, straits, channels, lakes, rivers...) from all over the world.  The base quiz (before customization) is a quiz that currently has 215 questions. We didn't think anyone would want to do a quiz with that many questions, so we didn't put it in the site menu, but you can try the full world water quiz here.

If you'd like to see a customized water quiz in action, I set up a short straits and channels quiz with just 14 questions. I realized afterwards that I missed the Strait of Magellan, but I'll try to get that added in later. Word of warning - just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy!

If you'd like to create your own customized water quiz with just the questions you want to include, we've set it up initially as an "everyone has access" feature - anyone with an account (free or premium) can customize the world water quiz.

Go ahead and try it! Create your own customized water quiz.

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A handful of new quizzes

Feb 252017

New Quizzes added in February 2017.  More quizzes will follow in a couple of weeks...


  • North America bodies of water:  there are 16 questions in this quiz, and it's customizable for premium members.

  • Canada Seas, Lakes, Bays, Rivers:  we've combined the smaller Bodies of Water, and Rivers quizzes to make one bigger quiz with 37 questions. And it's customizable for all account holders.

  • Spain autonomies quiz: the first level administrative divisions are called autonomous communities. 19 questions.

New customizations available:

Russia - that big, confusing country : simplified!

Feb 162017

Russia has been in the news a fair bit lately, and perhaps you have decided it is time to learn a little bit more about Russia. Perhaps you noticed the news recently - that over a course of several days (February 6 - 15, 2017), five Russian heads resigned... heads of the the  republics of Karelia and Buryatia, and the governors of  Novgorod and Ryazan oblasts, as well as the governor of Perm krai. And then your next thought, without a doubt, was, "Wait, what are these oblasts, republics and krais anyway?"

So here you are, about to find out. 

Russia, officially known as the Russian Federation, is made up of 85 federal subjects - republics, krais, oblasts, autonomous okrugs,  federal cities and an autonomous oblast. It can be pretty confusing to understand the differences, and keep straight what's what and where.

So I've brought you a couple of resources that might help you out a bit. 

First up, a youtube video by VanDeGraph:  Russian Federation Explained. Watch this video to learn the history of how the various federal subjects came to be, and what their primary differences are in terms of powers.

 

 

If you want to memorize the names of the federal subjects and where they are, you could watch this next video. It's cheesy and annoying, and you probably STILL won't know where all the federal subjects are, but you will hear how to pronounce their names... and the chorus is catchy. 

 


If you prefer reading to watching videos, this Wikipedia article explains the federal subjects

Chances are, you still can't name them all or place them on a map... 'cause c'mon, there are 85 of them and it's no easy task. So we've turned our Russian: federal subjects quiz into a customizable quiz.  This way, you can pick which ones you want to start with, and learn at your own pace. The Russian: federal subjects quiz can be customized by anyone with a free account on Lizard Point Quizzes.

Or you could try one of these quizzes to start off:

Good luck!