Testing: The Study Quiz/Homeschooling

Testing using the study quiz can be an important way for teaching, through homeschooling and/or parents, a look at different tests, and a study quiz.

Testing is important in every school system and method of study. Classically, instead of dry boring lectures of old, the Socratic method has been used in teaching, where the teacher asks questions of students in order to get feedback and have some measurement of progress.

There are a variety of different kinds of tests, and methods. However this article will briefly examine other test methods and present a simple yet effective way of presenting a quiz that can later easily be used for study purposes. The study quiz is an effective form of measuring progress in learning as well as an effective way of preparing the student for further information, or testing. It provides feedback for how the student is progressing and in and of itself may be a motivational tool.

Let us first take a look at different forms of testing. Fill in the blank is traditionally one of the hardest forms of testing and allows for no short term or long term memory cues, or clues for the memory to grab on to in order to help provide the student with an answer. While they can require the most rigorous study and indicate a great deal of depth in the students level of knowledge, the level of difficulty may be far too much for the level of study required. In addition it can be result in lower scores, and thus lower motivation. Secondly we can look at the multiple choice question, which provides a variety of answers at the end for the tester to choose from. This form of testing allows the individual the advantage of some short term or long term memory cues, or clues, to help guess the answer or be reminded of the correct answer. It further provides material for process of elimination, so that depending on how the answers are provided, one may possibly conclude which answer is the most likely choice.

This is a mid level of difficulty comparative to fill in the blank or true and false questionairres. Another method of testing usually relegated to the lowest level of effectiveness is the the true false test where a statement is given and the student must indicate whether that statement is true or false. This usually provides quite a bit of information, and can be tricky, however it is accorded the lowest level of difficulty as it provides the most information comparative to either fill in the blank or multiple choice tests. While there are other forms of testing ranging from essay tests to even more complex forms such as DBQs, which are document based questions where in complex documents are provided for analysis and the student must analyze the new documents, use them as evidence for a written essay that must be completed under time constraints in essay form. There are also varying levels of difficulty for take home tests or exams that require research and information.

However in the final analysis, I will have to recommend the true false quiz, in the form of a study quiz, as a great method of testing and a great tool for later study. First it is relatively easy and provides the student with an immediate fifty percent chance of getting the answer correct. Secondly the instructor who writes the quiz can make it mostly true statements as a means of helping the students memorize the information. Later after the quiz is graded it can be used as a study tool, which other tests can as well. The true false quiz however provides more information overall. A simple ten question quiz given at the end of every chapter or every lecture can be very effective and easy to grade. It can then be reissued or kept by the student as a study tool Memorizing those key statements is part of the learning process, and the test lends itself towards later study. One might say that all tests do so, however the strength of the true false test seems to make whole key statements important and memorable. Therefore chapter keypoints can be boiled down into the equivalent of chapter summaries or ten key ideas.

Students feel motivated when the quiz is applied regularly, feel like they are getting regular and instant feedback, and are also provided with a quick study guide. A later final exam or midterm exam or more lengthy exam can be compiled using any method of testing from the true false questions that are part of each question. This is easier on the parent who may be home schooling or the teacher or instructor. It also builds on material reviewed and encourages the student to keep and study each quiz even if each question is not used on a later test.

It is a very powerful motivational method for students ranging in age from elementary to college. More importantly it is a built in simple way to measure progress and knowledge, as well as provide information for longer tests or exams. Overall the quick study exam is easy to grade if you base it on ten questions each one worth ten points, thereby providing an easy means of translating the scores into percentages. If one misses one question worth ten points, and gets nine right, then the correct score is 90 percent which in most systems is an A score or excellent. Providing regular means for a student to have opportunities for scoring is important as well. This allows them the opportunity to bring up their grades instead of waiting for only a few opportunities. Providing the most grading opportunities possible provides the best chance for the student to do well and keep track of their own progress. Using the study quiz provides so many advantages that it is an excellent tool for so many levels of teaching and students. One that cannot be recommended too highly.

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