Quiz for Better Performance
Students quizzed over lessons taught at least once a week tend to perform better on midterm and final examinations compared to those who did not take quizzes, according to a study done by Iowa State University. Marcus Crede, Senior Faculty Member of Department of Psychology and his student Lukos Sotola conducted a meta-analytical study of existing research to see the impact of quizzes on learning. The analysis was done on 52 classes with 8,000 students primarily at college level. Students who took frequent quizzes were less likely to fail the class, especially if they were struggling with the course content. Crede acknowledges that asking teachers to grade written quizzes daily or weekly may discourage some from implementing them in their classes. Instead, instructors may be told to utilize online quizzes that can be automatically graded by a course management system, such as Canvas. The study shows frequent quizzes with immediate instructor feedback help students, especially those who are having difficulties, succeed in the classroom.