Excused assignments

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will explain what it means when an assignment is excused

Sometimes a teacher may excuse you from an assignment. This means that you are not required to completed that assignment and it won’t effect your grade in the course.

You will see note that says You are excused from this assignment when you access it.

Notification that says You are excused from an assignment

In the Grades tab, you will see EX next to excused assignments.

Grades tab with EX next to excused assignments

Submit an assignment using Google Drive

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to submit an assignment using a file from your Google Drive
  • To learn how to setup Google Drive, go here
  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.

    Arrow pointing to the course name on a course card on the dashboard
  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.

    Arrow pointing to the Modules tab

    Click the assignment.

    Arrow pointing to a project listed on the Modules tab
  3. Click Submit Assignment.

    Arrow pointing to the Submit Assignment button on a project page

    Click Google Drive.

    Arrow pointing to Google Drive tab

    Select the file from your Google Drive. At this time, StrongMind only supports Google Docs submissions.
    Click Submit.


    Arrow pointing to Google Drive file and arrow pointing to Submit button

    Click Submit Assignment.



    Then you will see your assignment has been submitted.

    Highlighted text showing that the submission was turned in

View assignment weights

By | Assignments, Grades, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to view the weights of different types of assignments within your course
  • To learn about the types of assignments, go here

In a course, different types of assignments are weighted differently. For example, your teacher may want your final exam to be worth 25% of your grade, while discussions may only be worth 10%.

Assignment weights allow you to see what types of assignments are worth what percentage of your grade.

  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.


  2. Select the Grades tab.



    Then you’ll see the assignment weights on the right hand side.

Locked assignments or lessons

By | Assignments, Navigation, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will explain to you why an assignment or lesson could be locked
  • To learn how to move through a course, go here

Sometimes when you’re working in a course, you will see assignments or lessons on the Modules page that are locked. Assignments or lessons can be locked until you complete certain prerequisites, like reading the introduction to that lesson or completing a discussion post.

You can tell if an assignment or lesson is locked because it is grayed out on the Modules page.



Then if you click on that assignment or lesson, you will see it is locked.
Look at Completion Prerequisites to see what work you must complete before you can work on this assignment or lesson.



Some assignments will require you to meet a certain score before you can move on in the course. If you don’t meet the required score for an assignment, reach out to your teacher.

Highlighted text that says, "Must score at least a 60.0." to unlock this assignment

Take a Final Exam

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you to take a final exam
  • To learn more about final exams, go here

Note: Make sure that 3rd party cookies are enabled on your browser when you’re taking exams.

  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.


  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.



    Then select the Final Exam.


  3. Final Exams can look differently depending on the course.
    Follow these steps to take and submit both types of Final Exam.
    1. Read the questions and select the answer choice or type in your answer.
      Then click the > arrow to move onto the next question.



      Once you’ve completed all the questions, click Submit.



      Click Submit to confirm.



      You will see your overall score and a breakdown of which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly.


    2. Read the questions and select the answer choice.
      Then click the > arrow to move onto the next question.



      After answering the last question, click the > arrow.



      Once you’ve completed all the questions, click Exit.



      Then your Final Exam will be submitted.
      Click the Grades tab to see your score.

Take a Unit Exam

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to take a unit exam
  • To learn more about Unit Exams, go here

Note: Make sure that 3rd party cookies are enabled on your browser when you’re taking exams.

  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.

    Arrow pointing to a course card on the dashboard
  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.
    Then click the Unit Exam.

    Arrow pointing to Unit Exam 1 listed on Modules tab
  3. When you’re ready to begin the exam, click Start.

    Arrow pointing to Start button on unit exam page

    Read the questions and select the answer choice or type in your answer.
    Then click Next to move onto the next question.
    You can use ReadSpeaker to have exam questions read to you. To learn more about using ReadSpeaker in an exam, click here.

    Arrow pointing to select an answer choice and another arrow pointing to

    Once you’ve completed all the questions, click Finish.

    Arrow pointing to Finish button on unit exam

    Click Yes to confirm.

    Arrow pointing to OK button on unit exam submission confirmation message

    Then you’ll see your exam was successfully submitted. Click Close.



    You will see a breakdown of which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly. If retakes are available for that exam and you’d like to retake it, click Retake.

    Highlighted unit exam review which shows each question and the number of points earned

Submit a project

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to submit a course project
  • To learn more about projects, go here
  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.


  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.



    Click the project.


  3. Click Submit Assignment.



    If you need to upload a file, click Choose File.
    Then click Submit Assignment.



    You will see that your project has been submitted.

Complete a workbook

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to complete workbooks you’ll find in your courses
  • To learn more about workbooks, go here

Note: Make sure that 3rd party cookies are enabled on your browser when you’re completing a workbook.

  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.


  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.
    Then select the workbook.


  3. Read the questions and select the answer choice or type in your answer.
    Then click the > arrow to move onto the next question.



    Once you’ve completed all the questions, click Submit.



    Click Submit to confirm.



    You will see a breakdown of which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly.
    To retake the workbook, click Retake.

Types of Assignments

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will explain the types of assignments you’ll see in StrongMind courses

Note: Make sure that 3rd party cookies are enabled on your browser when you’re completing assignments.

Most StrongMind courses are made up of 6 units with 5 lessons in each, for a total of 30 lessons. Within the lessons are written, visual and interactive content that explains course topics. There are also assignments to check your understanding of that content.

  • Workbooks are located within lessons to check for understanding.
    • You can take workbooks as many times as you want.
    • They are graded by the computer so you’ll receive feedback immediately to see if you got each question correct or incorrect.
    • To learn how to complete a workbook, go here.


  • Checkpoints are a series of questions that test your knowledge at the end of a lesson.
    • You can take checkpoints up to 3 times.
    • They are graded by the computer so you’ll receive feedback immediately to see if you got each question correct or incorrect.
    • To learn how to complete checkpoints, go here.

  • Discussions require you to write a response to a prompt about what you’ve learned so far in the course.
    • Some discussions require you to respond to other students in your class.
    • They are graded by your teacher.
    • To learn how to make a discussion post, go here.


  • Projects require you to work over time to create something (a presentation, essay, video, etc.) that demonstrates what you’ve learned so far in the course.
    • Instructions for projects will be given in multiple lessons. You’ll work on projects over time and submit them when you reach the final part of the project in a lesson.
    • They are graded by your teacher.
    • To learn how to submit a project, go here.


  • Unit Exams test your knowledge on all the material covered in a unit.
    • You have one attempt to reach your desired score.
    • They are graded by the computer so you’ll receive feedback immediately to see if you got each question correct or incorrect.
    • To learn how to take a Unit Exam, go here.


  • Final Exams test your knowledge of all the material covered in the course. Depending on the course, there are two types of Final Exams you could have.
    • For both types, you have one attempt to reach your desired score. They are both graded by the computer.
    • For one type of Final Exam you’ll receive feedback immediately to see your score and if you got each question correct or incorrect.
    • For the other type, you can review your answers after submitting. Then you’ll go to the gradebook to view your score.
    • To learn how to take a Final Exam, go here.



Complete a checkpoint

By | Assignments, Student Tutorials
  • In this article, we will show you how to complete a checkpoint assignment
  • To learn more about checkpoints, go here

Note: Make sure that 3rd party cookies are enabled on your browser when you’re completing checkpoints.

  1. From your Dashboard, click the course card for the course you want to work in.


  2. Click the Modules tab. For some courses, this may also be the Home tab.



    Then click the checkpoint.


  3. Read the questions and select the answer choice or type in your answer.
    Then click the > arrow to move onto the next question.



    Once you’ve completed all the questions, click Submit.



    Click Submit to confirm.



    You will see your overall score and a breakdown of which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly.



    To retake the checkpoint, click Retake.
    Checkpoints can be taken up to three times.