Vocabulary Quizzes

Quizzes and memory games hold face validity. That is, remembering for a self-designed quiz is similar to answering questions on a test.

But, there are differences.

For one thing, with a practice quiz, you are free to check your answers as you go, receiving clues for the next question. For an exam, you can search the rest of the test for clues.

On a self-study quiz, you are tempted to check your answer after each answer. For a test, you can go back, think some more…and make a guess.

For tests, you do not discover the correct answer for days, or longer. So, you forget your line of thinking. For tests, you may select the wrong answer, focus on that answer, and learn something that you must unlearn later.

So, how you structure the quiz makes a difference in your language learning success?

So, structure practice quizzed so that you have to do more than read a definition…or spell a word.

For example, make your self-quiz questions multiple- step, complicated questions.

Also, keep a record of your correct and incorrect answers, and record your self-test quiz scores so that you can graph your progress.

Set goals for mastering quizzes in the same way that you target high scores on exams.

Build quizzes with classmates, and devise both easy and difficult questions. Devise trick questions.

Creating quiz questions that impress your friends may be a powerful  learning strategy because you are required to interact with course content in creative, new ways.

Self-Made Practice Quizzes prove a valuable learning strategy, preparing you for the ad hoc, fluid quiz-like activity of talking to folks in the target language.

Communication with real people, in real-life situations proves to be the “Ultimate” quiz.

From: Profesora Chmielewski

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