Redefining revision as continual practice

Step 2

Recap plenaries

As students use Quiz mode a wealth of data is being collected about their strengths and weaknesses. Plenaries at the end of a lesson are a great opportunity to focus on questions that have not been answered correctly by the majority of the class, identifying misconceptions.

data at your fingertips

identify and address knowledge gaps

ideal for weekly reviews

spot misconceptions

perfect end to a lesson

data at your


identify and address

knowledge gaps

ideal for weekly




perfect end to

a lesson

Give the end of lessons a real purpose beyond finishing the main activity and packing up.

Teacher asking questions


1. Reports

Use the Quiz Questions analysis report to show the top 10 least well answered questions.

2. Topics

Use the report topic filtering to change the topics shown on the report. This does not affect the topic filters for students answering questions. Focus just on the last topic or the whole course to date.

3. Recap

Recap the top question on the report with the class in each lesson, explaining the correct and incorrect answers.

Alternatively have a weekly or fortnightly review lesson looking at all ten of the most incorrectly answered questions.

Why use Smart Revise

A report shows the top 10 least and most well answered questions by the whole class.

Teachers can easily prioritise the knowledge they need to cover again by focusing on the questions least well answered (in the red column on the left). Spotting misunderstandings can inform teaching and help students choose the correct answer in the future.

You can ignore the questions (in the green column on the right) that the majority of students are answering correctly. This also gives you an insight into the strengths of the class as a whole.

Where possible, the multiple-choice questions have diagnostic answers allowing the teacher to spot misconceptions more easily.

Every question aims to elicit knowledge from a specific part of the course specification and is something students need to know for exams.

The research says that:

  • Weekly reviews have a positive effect on learning.
  • Data-driven instruction, the continuous process in which educators gather student information, perform data analysis to identify weak spots, and make the necessary adjustments raises attainment.

Rosenshine, B. (2012) Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know. American Educator, 36(1), p12-39.

Top tips

Diagnostic questions are ones where each possible answer is plausible in some way, and these can illicit misconceptions more easily that other types of question. Focus on who gave incorrect answers by hovering over the coloured bars on the questions analysis report, and find out why by asking the students to explain why they chose that answer.

Many questions may look like duplicates, but they are subtly different and aim to train students not to select the first answer they assume is correct, but to take more time to think.

Remember to unlock more topics using the class topic filters as more material is introduced to students.