What's Psygon all about? Here are answers to some of the most frequenly-asked questions.
What is Psygon?
Psygon is a learning tool that continuously ranks users and content, and matches the content to users so that each person is optimally challenged for whatever they want to learn. Psygon also allows anyone to create content from which others can learn, much like Wikipedia™. But unlike Wikipedia, Psygon is building advanced metrics and reporting tools, so that each person can see how they’re doing, and can see how others are doing, both as users and as authors. However, Psygon respects each person’s privacy, and will show only what users or authors allow to be shown.
What does the name Psygon mean?
Psygon is derived from two Greek roots: ‘psych,’ one meaning of which is ‘mind,’ and ‘zygo,’ which itself is derived from the Greek word ‘zugon,’ meaning ‘connection’. So, ‘Psygon’ basically means ‘mind connection,’ and it is the goal of the Psygon team to build the world’s best system to connect every mind that wants to learn.
Why does Psygon have advertising?
Advertising enables us to continue offering new functionality while making access to Psygon absolutely free for all users. We pledge to keep advertising at a minimum, so that we can offer the best learning experience possible. We hope that you understand that free sites still cost money to operate, and agree that minimal advertising is better than a subscription fee. In the future, we’ll be offering tools to help you control what ads you see. We also plan to select advertisers that respect our users’ desire to learn and to not be bombarded with obnoxious ads. If you’d like to nominate an advertiser, please let us know by sending an email here. Or, even better, tell the advertiser you’d like to see them advertise here.
What does the User Score (US) indicate?
The User Score is one way Psygon users can track their overall use of the system. The User Score increases for correct answers to questions presented to users by the system. No points are taken away for incorrect answers. The greater the difficulty of the question, the more points you are awarded, according to the following table:
What is the Question Difficulty Rank (QDR)?
The QDR is a measure of how difficult the question has proven to be for other users of the Psygon system. Generally speaking, if higher-ranked users have found the content difficult, it probably is. QDR is measured on a 0-100 scale, with higher numbers representing more difficult content.
What does the User Rank (UR) indicate?
The User Rank tells you how you are doing relative to the current category. It gives you an indication of the level of difficulty at which you are currently working. Much like a weightlifter, if you’re comfortable lifting 20 kilograms (or 44 pounds), it doesn’t help to give you 100 kilograms (220 pounds) to lift. Likewise, if you’re capable of lifting 100 kilograms, it probably won’t challenge you to lift 20. The Psygon system uses the User Rank, together with relevance, to automatically adapt material to your optimal learning level. You don’t have to do a thing beyond answering questions (or, for other material, ranking it above or below your level of understanding).
How does relevance work in Psygon?
The relevance of questions and other information with respect to the category plays a key role in the Psygon system. Each information item (usually, but not always, a multiple choice question) is continuously ranked for relevance to the category by each user that sees it. As users move through content, they see the most relevant questions at or near their difficulty level. As Psygon grows in users, authors and content, the ability of the system to automatically adapt content to each user will increase dramatically.
How else can I help Psygon become the world’s best free online learning system and community?
Jump in! Become an author of content. Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, and ask them to tell their friends. Ask sponsors to check us out, and ask how they can help. Together, we really can change the world. (Really, really.)