FOR TUTORS: MAKING LESSONS ENGAGING, FUN AND MEMORABLE!
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As we approach the end of year exams, many students struggle with self-motivation and stress over course content. I’ve found that students struggle to retain new knowledge and often find the ‘urge’ to start practice exams a little overwhelming.
Incorporating these TWO elements into your lessons should not only assist students with learning new content and build their confidence but also make your lessons more engaging and fun!
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZZES
These can range from very simple quizzes to build student confidence to more difficult questions that require higher levels of thinking.
Hypothetically speaking, if a student was studying a subject called ‘Australia’ a simple question might be: What is the capital city of Australia?
Using recognition, the student should be able to identify the correct answer D.
A more difficult question (for some) might be: How many states are there in Australia?
Notice how a question like this requires retrieval and recall of information in order to deduce the correct answer C. It is questions like these that are often most effective in multiple-choice quizzes as they rely on more than recognition.
The Examiner’s Reports are very useful in helping you identify topics that students have struggled with in past exams. These can form the basis of revision quizzes as the questions will most likely appear on future exams. Quizzes not only add variety to the lesson but can also be a lot of fun for you and the student.
Videos can be great in reinforcing content, especially for visual learners. You can also combine videos with quizzes in your lessons if they are directly relevant to the course material. Taking our ‘Australia’ example, you may decide to play a video on Australia’s history (an Area of Study on this fantastic subject). Following the video, you may ask a number of quiz questions to gauge your student’s understanding of the material.
If you find an interesting and relevant video, make sure you view it prior to the lesson to ensure it’s appropriate.
These methods add great variety to your lessons and your students will greatly appreciate them.
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