The transition of education products from print to digital is complex. There’s much to consider in creating, developing, and marketing innovative education products that are both technically and pedagogically sound. It’s for this reason that we’re so excited about our partnership with digital solutions company Young Digital Planet (YDP), a Sanoma Learning Company. YDP helps education companies of all sizes build effective digital learning applications. Building a digital learning product isn’t easy: companies often have… Read more
The Knewton Blog
Posts by Joanna Bersin
As the Partnership Implementation Manager at Knewton, I work with publishers of all shapes and sizes to design and build Knewton-powered adaptive learning products. One of the most exciting parts of my job is collaborating with our partners’ content experts and instructional designers to develop courses that provide students the opportunity to engage with the content that’s best for them. Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the team… Read more
This blog series features different Knerds explaining problems, concepts, equations, and projects that pertain to their work at Knewton. In this video, Knewton implementation architect, Joanna Bersin discusses the adaptive product landscape — the various “flavors” of adaptive learning, what adaptivity looks like in action, and how it might be built into different educational products.
The Sentence Correction section of the GMAT can be intimidating, especially for test-takers who grew up speaking a language other than English. Luckily for all you Quant whizzes, Sentence Correction portion is actually quite math-like. There are specific words and phrases that you can use to eliminate options, and you can learn how different constructions must fit together in order to form a “correct” sentence. To ace the SC section, start by learning to identify… Read more
Joanna Bersin, a Content Developer at Knewton, takes special pride in crafting mind-numbinglyÂ hard GMAT Sentence Correction questions. Prepping for the GMAT? Check out this super-challenging Sentence Correction question. If you can get this one right, you’ve got nothing to worry about on test day! For the answer, check out the discussion here. The policy of applying indirect taxes, like value added tax and excise duties, that were enforced in Lithuania was less strict when… Read more
The two portions of the Writing section on the SAT test the same rules. At Knewton, we break them down into a list called the Freshman 15. Your ticket to a sweet score on this section is to learn these rules. Think about it this way; if someone could give you every list of vocabulary word that could possibly be tested on your exam and you could ace the sentence completion section by memorizing a list of about 15 words, you’d be ecstatic, right?
What’s even more exciting is that the simplest rules, the ones that are the most easily memorizable, are the ones that are tested on the “hardest” questions. Why is that?
Written by Joanna Bersin, Knewton’s resident GMAT Sentence Correction expert. Like a salesman trying to trick you into purchasing an expensive item by appealing to your emotions, the makers of the GMAT try to trick test-takers into both “buying” grammatically incorrect answer choices by making them concise, and eliminating answer choices that are grammatically correct by making them appear awkward and unwieldy. How do we typically avoid splurging on unnecessary purchases? We train ourselves to… Read more