How to create a “Sorting” exercise

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

What is a sorting exercise?

A sorting exercise are questions that can be arranged systematically in groups. It is especially useful for chronologic events and all kinds of questions that can be sorted in a hierarchy. 

How to create a sorting exercise step by step:

1. Choose the "Sorting" template

Click on “Create new exercise” and then on the “Sorting” 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.
Sorting - Upload a source

3. Add items

One the right side you can decide how many items you want to have by clicking on the “Add item” button. The amount of items will be the amount of answers you have that can be sorted. You can always change the hierarchy of your answers by moving the single items to another place.

4. Manually move text

Detect the text in your source document with the text selection and drag and drop your selected text into your exercise on the right hand side.

Sorting - Edit text

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 sorting exercise in under 10 steps! We hope that this tutorial will help you to create your sorting exercises. 👍

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