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To learn how to use LearningCurve, watch the following video or read the instructions below.

Click on the image to view the video.

Activities Explained

To begin an activity, just click on it from your home page.

When you do that, an explanation of how the activity is scored will be shown to you.
  • Your task in this activity is to score points by answering questions.
  • Your instructor has established a certain score you need to achieve to demonstrate comprehension of the concept. That score is called a target score.
  • Once you reach the target score, you will receive full credit for completing the activity. You must reach the target score to receive credit for the activity.
  • Questions get harder as you progress through the activity, and you get more points for answering harder questions.

When you are ready to begin, click Begin Activity.

Questions Explained

When you select a LearningCurve activity, you are presented with a series of questions. As soon as you click on an answer choice, you receive feedback for that choice. You are able to build up your score by answering correctly.

Questions in each activity are divided into levels. If you get a question correct without hints, the next question for that topic will come from the next most difficult level. In this way, LearningCurve adapts to your needs and is able to adjust its level of difficulty based on your performance.

Helpful Tips

LearningCurve offers many helpful tips to assist you during an activity. Take care to avoid relying too much on these assistants. Learning new concepts depends on your ability to work through these questions on your own.


Each question includes a cross-reference to instructional material, either to your print books or to online content.

Use this link to get help answering the question. Unlike the Show answer or Get a hint buttons, the cross-reference link won’t reduce the number of points you can earn.


The Get a Hint option either provides quick tips to help you answer a question or removes incorrect choices one at a time, with explanation of why a removed answer is incorrect.


If you answer a question incorrectly, LearningCurve gives feedback about that answer.

Show Answer

If the question is too difficult, you can click Show Answer to see the answer. However, no points are awarded and you will continue to see questions from that same topic and difficulty level.

Scoring Explained

Your points are shown at the top of the screen.

When you select the correct answer on your first try, you receive the full points available for that question. If you don't answer the question correctly on the first try, you can try again! The number of points you can potentially earn will decrease with each incorrect answer, but you can still earn points on the second and third tries, so don't give up! Even if you are unable to earn points for a particular question, you'll never lose points that you have already earned.

Potential Points

The faintly colored bars indicate the potential points you can receive for answering the question correctly.

Current Score

The dark section represents your current score. Remember, the goal is to keep answering questions until the target score of the activity is reached and the score bar is completely filled.

Additional Review

LearningCurve provides additional review resources both during and after an activity.

Personalized Study Plan

After you’ve completed a topic, or if you select Take a Break, you can access your own personalized study plan. This study plan shows you how well you perform or how well you understand the various areas or topics your instructor has assigned to you, and which areas would benefit from more review.