Padziwe Digital Library

PDL - IGCSE Version PDL - MSCE Version

We present to you Padziwe Digital Library (PDL), a comprehensive software package for secondary education. The software contains learning materials which students can use in their study sessions. The software currently comes in two versions: MSCE and IGCSE, and covers 10 for both:


Features in PDL

Apart from presenting instructional materials, Padziwe Digital Library comes with a number of extra features to enhance the learning experience of students. The features are as follows: 

1: Topical Questions

Selected subjects in PDL contain a subsection called ‘topical questions’. This section contains questions focusing on a specific topic in a particular subject. For example, after studying the topic of MS Excel 2003, a student would want to evaluate themselves as to how good they have understood the topic. To do this, they can just navigate to the MSCE Subjects, go to Computer Studies, further visit the topical questions for this subject, and then choose the set of questions dealing specifically with MS Excel 2003. The answers to these questions also are provided in the database

2: Examination Bank

This section contains exam question papers for the subjects included in PDL. Unlike the topical questions, these question papers do not focus on a specific topic but the whole subject in general. These papers were prepared in various years by various schools and examination boards in Malawi as well as the whole world. Students can test their level of understanding on a particular subject by using these questions papers. They are a good resource for exam preparation.

Some questions in this category are live, meaning that students get results of how much they have passed/failed, while some are not gradable live.

3: Live Exams

Students using PDL are given access to write online exams which are graded right after the students finish answering. The results are kept and also sent to any email which the students choose. This way, parents and guardians can keep up to date with the academic performance of their children or wards. 

3: Study Guides

Students are supposed to be aware of what they are expected to learn and master for them to be fully prepared for exams. Many times, students find themselves studying some topics which are not required by the current syllabus of the subject in question. The Study Guides section in PDL seeks to avoid this academic time-wastage by letting the students know the topics which they must learn and master in order to prepare for exams effectively. The syllabi in this section are current and up-to-date.

4: My Notes

This facility allows users of PDL to create their own notes and save them in the database. The notes are saved in a neat and organized manner. So, say a user finds some important notes which, for one reason or the other, have not been covered well or even not included in PDL, the user can just type these notes in PDL and save them there. In this way, users have the capability of improving and updating their copy of Padziwe Digital Library.

5: Study Tips

PDL includes helpful tips on how to study and handle exams effectively. These tips were prepared by experts in the educational sector.

6: English Dictionary

PDL includes an electronic and easily-searchable dictionary for the English Language

7: Time Table

PDL also allows a student to create their timetable within the software. Students can choose the days and times during which they will study a certain subject each week.

The Power of PDL

Padziwe Digital Library’s power in helping students to effectively master content lies in the way the learning materials are designed. The content is presented through a variety of media types which allow students to interact with them or visualize certain processes through video simulations. There are flash and HTML5 animations, videos, audios, slideshows, graphics, and plain texts. These media types all work together to make sure a particular topic is covered comprehensively and presented in an easy-to-understand manner to the student.

It is common knowledge that usually students are easily bored and turned off when reading dead text and diagrams on print-based materials such as books. With PDL, however, learning becomes alive to students and their concentration span is bound to increase. The interactivity and visual presentation offered by animations and the videos make students to be actively engaged in the learning process. 

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