8 ways to use grouping exercises

Grouping exercises

The grouping exercise is one of our versatile activities, thanks to its drag & drop feature. The way it works is very simple: a word, sentence, or image is shown in the upper part of the screen and the user has to drag it to the correct place in the lower part. If they get it right, a new one appears for them to answer. If they get it wrong, they have to try again until they get it right.

Have you not found a good opportunity to use it? Don’t worry, here are a few ideas.


The classic True or False activity

In this exercise, you ask users to decide if the sentences shown are true or false. This gets them to think about the content of the sentence and make a decision.

Deciding between two opposing items

Whenever you have two opposing concepts (yes/no, good/bad, important/unimportant, urgent/important), you can use the grouping exercise to get the user to decide between them for a given situation. For example, if you’re making a course on customer service, you might give some examples of customer interaction and how it was resolved. The user then has to decide whether they’ve been resolved correctly or not.


In this activity, you show different items or concepts and ask the user to work out which category they belong to. You can make it much more visual if you use images instead of words.

This type of exercise could be useful for categorizing different types of customer according to their behavior, for example. Show the behavior (e.g. “the customer calls you a number of times to ask when you’re going to present them with an offer”), and the user will decide what kind of customer they’re dealing with (“impatient customer”, “indifferent customer”, “loyal customer”, etc.).


Link objects to their characteristics

In this exercise, you show the user a list of characteristics and ask them to link them to the items on display. This can be a really useful exercise to enhance their knowledge about a product catalogue, for example.

Ordering items

You can set up a chronology (before, during, after) and ask users to drag tasks to the correct time they should be done.

Sorting tasks

You can also show a list of tasks and ask the user to decide which stage in the process they should be done at.

Action plan

In this variation, you can use the grouping exercise to show a series of tasks and ask the user to decide what they should do for each one.

SWOT analysis

Another great way to use a grouping exercise is to show the items of a SWOT analysis and ask the user to indicate which category each statement belongs to, whether it’s a strength, weakness, opportunity, or a threat.


As you can see, there are lots of different ways to use grouping exercises. Use them at key moments to make your exercises more engaging and keep your users attentive and motivated. Still haven’t tried them out? Now you can use them for free with our FREE plan.

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