How to Get Students Interacting with Test Questions

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that student interest perks up whenever there’s a mention of potential test questions. I wonder if we could be taking more advantage of that interest. Truth be told, we should be as interested in these questions as students are. Studying by using questions is an evidence-based strategy, one that improves exam scores and promotes deep learning. Here’s some ways we can leverage that interest and get students more focused on questions and less into memorizing answers.

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m sure you’ve noticed that student interest perks up whenever there’s a mention of potential test questions. I wonder if we could be taking more advantage of that interest. Truth be told, we should be as interested in these questions as students are. Studying by using questions is an evidence-based strategy, one that improves exam scores and promotes deep learning. Here’s some ways we can leverage that interest and get students more focused on questions and less into memorizing answers. For Those Who Teach Is this playing too much to the extrinsic motivation that so often drives studying for exams? You’ll have to decide. I look upon it as a way of connecting students with the content they need to know. And who knows, if “test” questions are more regularly encountered in the course, maybe that diffuses some of the anxiety they provoke, and maybe it gets at least a few students realizing that questions are the hook that pulls them to learning.