Tutorials

How to create a “Diagram” exercise

Smartest offers you different templates so you can find the perfect one for your study materials. Let’s see how to create a diagram exercise.

What is a diagram exercise?

A diagram exercise is a visual representation of questions. This kind of exercise is really useful when you want to learn geography and memorize country names and locations for example, or biology and learn the different parts of a cell or the human anatomy. With our diagram template, you can create these kinds of exercises in a few minutes.

How to create a diagram exercise step by step:

1. Choose the "Diagram" template

Click on “Create new exercise” and then on the “Diagram” template

2. Upload a source

A window opens up where you can upload a source. Here you have four different options on how to upload your study materials: 

  • My sources: Upload an existing source
  • Upload source: Upload a new source from your computer 
  • Upload via QR code: Upload a new source via your smartphone. You can simply scan the QR code with your smartphone and then you can select a source from your phone or take a picture.
  • Free text: You can also upload text manually. Simply write or paste the text that you want to upload into the field.

3. Select image

With the cut button you can select the part of your study materials that you want to turn into an interactive exercise. If you only upload a graphic, for example a heart, select the whole picture with the Select button. You can also upload a text document that has a graphic included. In that case you have to select the image so that it can be turned into an exercise.

4. Edit your exercise

After your source document has been turned into an interactive exercise, you may want to edit your exercise. Let’s look at the editing options: 

  • Select textboxes: With the Select button you can select multiple textblocks. You can also directly select textboxes by clicking on them. 
  • Add a textbox: You can add a textbox if you want to include more answers to your exercise or if Smartest didn’t recognize a textbox in your source document.  
  • Delete: Click on a textbox if you want to delete it and then click the delete button. This is useful when the software recognizes something as text that actually isn’t text.
  • Split: If you want to split a textbox, highlight this textbox and click the split button.  
  • Combine: If your answer goes over more than one line, Smartest recognizes it as two answers. If that happens you can highlight the textboxes and click on combine. Then it automatically combines the two textboxes to one.  
  • Hide/Show Overlays: When you click on this little eye button the textbox disappears and you will be able to see your original source document.

5. Name your exercise

This one is quite obvious, but don’t forget to name your exercise so you can find it again at a later point.

6. Add instructions

If your exercise needs instructions, you can add your instructions here. Tell everyone who will be doing this exercise on what they should focus and what the purpose of this exercise is.

7. Preview your exercise

Once you are happy with your exercise, click on the preview button to see how it looks. The preview opens in a new window so you can still make changes in the editing mode.

8. Save your exercise

Don’t forget to save your exercise once you are happy about it. When you click “save” you will automatically come to your “All my exercises” page where you can start studying. 

And this is how you can create a diagram exercise in under 10 steps! We hope that this tutorial will help you to create your diagram exercises. 👍

Do you want to know how to create exercises with other templates? It is mostly similar to creating a diagram, but there are a few differences in the editing progress, so we have created tutorials for each exercise template: 

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