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Learning Block 1: A, Z, and 4

Learning Block 2: Y, F, and 6

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How the Introduction to Morse Code works

The Skilman Introduction to Morse Code is made up of several learning blocks. Each learning block starts by introducing you to three or four Morse code characters. Before you can commit the code to long-term memory, it must first pass through your short-term memory. These bite-sized pieces are ideal for short-term memory.

Meaningful rehearsal is the key to building long-term memories. After introducing the characters of a learning block, Dr. Parks will guide you through three types of rehearsal: retrieval, generation, and signal detection. These distinct learning strategies reinforce each-other and accommodate for individual variations in preferred study style.

Retrieval practice focuses on the skill used in receiving Morse code: hearing a character and correctly identifying it.

Generation practice puts you in the driver's seat by asking you to send or generate verbally the Morse code for a given character.

Signal detection is a particularly engaging way to form long term memories. You'll be asked to identify a target character among a group of "distractors." The "ah-hah!" moments will have you on the edge of your seat.

In and among the learning blocks, you'll also find motivation and useful information about commonly used abbreviations and on-the-air operating practice.

Of particular note, Dr. Parks will give you special support and advice at the exact point where nearly every student begins to struggle and many give up. She'll explain the scientific phenomenon responsible and help you overcome it.

You'll also learn helpful exercises for developing a good "fist" (proper timing) when sending, which you can put to the test during generation practice.

Again, meaningful rehearsal is the key to building long-term memories and you'll want to do a fair bit of it to master Morse code. You'll receive advice on how to tell when it's time to move on to the next learning block and there are pop-quizzes along the way so you'll know when it's time to go back and review.

More about the Morse Code Speed Builder

The material in the Morse Code Speed Builder is arranged into individual exercises which, when combined with sending practice, constitute an optimal study session. At the beginning of your adventure, Dr. Parks will provide you with important guidance on how to most efficiently use the course and organize your studies.

Sprinkled throughout each exercise, there's also encouragement, study tips, and interesting tidbits about Morse code and memory.

A number of solid, time-tested techniques are scientifically arranged to guide you to improved sending and receiving of Morse code without wasted effort. Especially noteworthy among these are the Farnsworth method and mastery learning. These two techniques in particular combine to pave the way for smooth, rapid increase in proficiency and speed.

The Farnsworth method ensures that you hear each character as a complete and distinct sound by sending each individual character at high speed. The spacing between characters is lengthened to reduce the overall speed so you'll have time to recall each character. When increasing speed, only the spacing between characters is adjusted.

With mastery learning, you're encouraged to increase your practice speed as soon as you attain 80% accuracy at your current speed. This keeps the pressure on and helps you improve at a steady pace without wasted time and effort.

The course contains practice material at 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 words per minute. Because mastery learning is used, as you complete the course you'll be able to confidently and accurately copy Morse code at 10 words per minute and you'll have a good start on 12 words per minute.