How to Make Quizzes Engaging to Help Students Enjoy Learning
Quizzes are probably the most essential yet enjoyable learning tool used by schools at all levels of education. Helping students learn through quizzes can be fun for the teachers as well as students. However, making these quizzes engaging for the students becomes a massive challenge for the teachers and parents who are homeschooling their children.
If you are one of these, this blog will help you with tips for making the quizzes more engaging, fun and exciting for your children:
Creating Fun and Engaging Quizzes
You can make these quizzes more interesting for the children by keeping in mind the following quick hacks:
- Keep your quizzes short in the beginning if you have just introduced them to your children. For small children, you can give them one-page or two-page worksheets. For primary classes, you can eventually create longer quizzes to engage them for longer.
- Randomise the quizzes by shuffling the positions of questions in the quiz. Don’t put them in a sequential manner. This helps to avoid boredom due to the similarity of questions.
- Your quizzes should not be too easy or too difficult. A moderate difficulty level makes sure that the kids feel challenged while solving the quizzes. If the questions are too hard, they will not find the quizzes fun anymore. You can also mix easy and difficult questions together. The key is to avoid a monotonous tone.
- To interest the children further, you can conduct quizzes for all subjects rather than sticking to just general topics. For example, you can create fun GK Quizzes for primary classes, and for high school children, you can create fun General Science MCQ quizzes.
- You can use visuals and images, symbols and patterns in the quizzes to make them even more enjoyable. Whatever you put, make sure it is appropriate for the age level of the attendees.
- You can also create and conduct quizzes in multiple languages to give them a variety. For example, you can conduct GK Quiz in Hindi and English and so on. You can also conduct one in your regional language, depending on the age group of attendees.
Just creating the quiz is not the only challenge that the tutors and parents face. To engage the students further with the quizzes, you need to hype them during the entire process. Here are some things that you can do before, during and after the quizzes to make this possible.
Before the Quiz
- It is necessary to encourage them before taking the quiz. Help students to understand how this quiz is going to be exciting and fun. If they need to prepare for the quiz, let them know that it is easy and simple and there’s nothing on the quiz that they don’t already know.
- To avoid a ruckus during the quiz, you can tell them about the format and content of the quiz beforehand. You can give them an exemplar question and explain how they can solve it, and mark their answers.
- Tell them about the rewards and prizes that they will receive if they solve the quiz successfully. You don’t need to give them expensive gifts. Young kids get happy even with tiny star stickers and cute tokens if they are told that they have earned it with their good work.
- Young children reflect on the emotions that you show them. Hence, it is important to show excitement for the quiz so that they would be excited too.
- If the kids are finding it difficult, you can motivate them with little motivating words like ‘You can do this!’ or ‘This is easy, try to solve it.’ Small motivating phrases go a long way in building a child’s confidence.
- If you feel that some question is challenging for the kids, you can help them with hints for these questions. Do not reveal the answer straightforwardly.
- If the kids are taking too long to solve the questions, you can also remind them about the test’s time limit so that they focus on solving the questions faster. This will also improve their paper-solving speed.
After the Quiz
- It is important to discuss the answers in the class after the quiz is over. This will help the students to understand where and why they went wrong. This improves their comprehension skills. Let them answer the questions in the class rather than just showing them the answer.
- You can take feedback from your class to better understand what they enjoy and what they don’t. This will help you to create more engaging and interesting quizzes in the future.
- You can intimate the students about upcoming quizzes and rewards attached to them to give them something to look up to. You can create a series of connected quizzes to encourage them for further quizzes.