Top 10 Reasons to Start Class With a Quiz

Posted by Andrew Gardner on

Though quizzes are often perceived as an evaluation tool to measure learning after a course of study, taking a quiz can be a useful part of the learning process itself. With BrainPOP’s Quiz Mixer tool, teachers can write their own multiple-choice or open-ended questions, customize ours, or conduct polls. After students have completed a quiz and submitted their results, BrainPOP can display a summary of those results (with students’ names removed – see image below). That summarized data can inform instruction for the rest of the class.

Check out our “top 10 list” of benefits to starting class with a quiz.

  1. Focus: By starting a class period with a quiz, you’re giving students a taste of what’s to come. . . without having to tell them what’s to come.
  2. Schema: Well-written questions help students better accommodate new information as it’s introduced or reviewed later.
  3. Engagement: Quizzes require students to actively do something, which can help them let go of whatever they were doing before class. 
  4. Fun: Encourage educated guesses and reassure students you’re more interested in their thoughts than in what they get wrong or right. 
  5. Shared Experience: After students have taken the same quiz and viewed results together, it’s clearer to everyone which content needs to be explored more thoroughly.  

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    You can “hide names” by clicking the checkbox. Then project the results and use the data as entry points for conversation!

  6. Formative Assessment: The results of this quiz provide both instructors and students with information that can make class time more effective and efficient. It also provides a baseline for future assessment. 
  7. Differentiate: After viewing a class summary of quiz results, you have a better sense of who knows what. You can use that information to group students, assign tasks, and work flexibly. If proceeding with whole-class instruction, you’ll have more insight into which content you should focus on. 
  8. Setting Expectation: Taking a quiz right away demonstrates that class time will involve action and require engagement. (It’s up to you to keep the momentum going though!) 
  9. Learning Process: Learning happens through various forms of engagement. Using either a prefabricated or customized BrainPOP quiz is an easy, engaging way to get students processing concepts, vocabulary, and ideas.
  10. Reduce Fear: If you’re transparent about these reasons for using a quiz with your students, you’re encouraging a different perspective on the value of a quiz as a learning activity.

What’s your favorite part of this list? Let us know in the comments section.  Or share your reasons to start class with a quiz!