Forgetting the forgetting curve

Smart Quiz presents students with a personalised, never-ending, ever-changing cycle of multiple-choice questions.

Students will begin to lose the knowledge they have been taught gradually over time if they do not revisit topics regularly. Start every lesson with 5-10 minutes of low-stakes quizzing, or set for homework. Students will be regularly challenged on theory they have learned, making a big difference to knowledge retention over time.

Unlike other multiple choice quizzing tools, Smart Revise learns about each student as they answer questions. Instead of presenting a static set of questions, Smart Revise creates a never-ending personalised playlist for each student automatically without any additional work for the teacher.


Is multiple-choice effective?

It is surprisingly effective!

Keeping key principles in a students’ mind over a long period of time is the primary goal with Smart Quiz. Little and often low stakes quizzing and retrieval practice has a remarkable effect of transferring knowledge in working memory to long term memory.

Focus only on chosen topics

Practice with recently learned material, show progress over time or build long-term knowledge retention.

Teachers can control the topics available to students. That enables you to use Smart Quiz in many different ways. For example:

  1. To conduct a simple prior assessment.
  2. Reinforce recently learned material only.
  3. Build up an increasing bank of questions from all the topics taught so far.

Rich Reports

See how students are engaging and how well they are getting on.

Overview reports allow teachers to see who is engaing, how often, and how successful each student is.

Share classes with other teachers easily so that colleagues can also track the progress of students easily.


Spot misconceptions

See the top 10 questions that have been answered incorrectly instantly.

Using the dynamic reports in Smart Revise teachers can see at a glance which questions are being answered incorrectly most frequently. Timely interventions in class enable you to address these misconceptions helping students get the questions right next time.

Questions that students answer incorrectly often highlight a misunderstanding. Use these as effective starters or plenaries to revise key concepts throughout the course.


Working towards mastery

Smart Revise adapts to the needs of each student.

Smart algorithms calculate which aspects of the course or topic each student needs more practice on and targets these questions. The goal for a student is to answer a question correctly at least three times. However, because the question set adapts dynamically, a student never knows when they will be asked the same question again! Even when a question is mastered it may reappear to check knowledge retention!

A personal tutor

Personalised revision playlist of Craig’n’Dave videos to watch!

When a student answers a question incorrectly, Smart Revise presents helpful advice about the correct answer as well as a link directly to a relevant YouTube Video from Craig’n’Dave.

Smart Revise quietly compiles a personalised revision checklist of topics and videos that a student should watch to maximise their learning and success in exams.

Students can see their revision priorities in real time and if their teacher chooses, each student can control their own topic filters too.

14 awards to attain

Incentives and healthy competition in a class.

To encourage students to engage with Smart Revise, students can achieve a set of awards simply by using Smart Quiz. In addition, class leader boards allow them to see how well they are doing compared to their peers.


Space, retrieve, interleave

Smart Revise is built on the foundation of educational research from Murre, Dunlosky and Weinstein et al.

Retrieving knowledge frequently by attempting questions over a long period of time is known as “spaced practice” and is one of the most effective revision techniques. By unlocking an increasing number of topics as they are taught throughout the course and encouraging students to do little and often, students benefit from spaced practice. Use Smart Quiz as a ten minute starter in every lesson, a plenary or homework.

Smart Quiz uses algorithms that adapt to each student. Questions that are answered correctly are presented less frequently, but they never completely disappear. Recent research has shown that mixing up topics that have been previously taught is three times more effective than “blocking” (one topic at a time). By unlocking multiple topics, Smart Quiz will interleave questions automatically.

Tens of thousands of questions does not motivate students towards achieving a goal. Smart Quiz typically has 500-650 questions for GCSE courses and 1000 questions for A level. This is more than enough to cover the specification from many angles, but also allows students time to “master a question” by getting it right at least three times if they start revising after the first topic is taught.


At Archway School in Gloucestershire the leadership team have decided that every lesson in every subject must start with a low-stakes quiz to recap prior knowledge. This makes more work for most teachers, but in Computer Science not only is this generated automatically using Smart Quiz, but even better, it is the only subject where every student has a differentiated, personalised question playlist.

The low-stakes quiz takes 5-10 minutes and is ideal as a starter activity while waiting for other members of the class to arrive. As the questions presented are never-ending, adapting as students answer them, the teacher can stop everyone at the same time. Unlike in other subjects, no student is left with nothing to do because they have finished.

Students are also set goals to complete a given number of questions for homework which the teacher monitors using the built-in reports. In subsequent lessons, the teacher uses the reports to discover the top 10 questions that have been answered incorrectly by most students and this leads to a targeted recap, effectively nipping misconceptions in the bud.