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3.2 Exercises

Disciplines eventually bottom out. When this happens we find exercises: problems on distinct themes grouped as separate units.

In the day to day use of Glean a user solves problems. Under the surface these problems are grouped as an exercise — even though to you as the user it may look like you’re being asked many different questions, from Glean’s perspective you may only be working on one or two exercises.

The purpose of exercises is to provide you with variety when practising a specific problem domain (e.g. the multiplication of the digits of 1 to 10), whilst providing Glean with a way to measure your progress in this particular problem domain.

Think of it this way: when you’re solving a specific problem, you’re not making progress against that problem; you’re making progress against the problem domain represented by that problem. That problem domain is represented by an exercise.