Smart Quiz

Forget the forgetting curve

Smart Quiz presents students with a never-ending personalised playlist 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. This is known as the forgetting curve. How can you find time to revisit topics in a limited number of lessons? Quiz was developed to solve that problem.

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Dynamic, personalised question playlists

Unlike other multiple choice quizzing tools, Quiz learns about each student as they answer questions. Instead of presenting a set number of questions decided by the teacher, Quiz creates a personalised, ever-changing, never-ending playlist for each student automatically. That means no two students will have exactly the same experience which is ideal for differentiation.

Why is there no end to the questions in Quiz?

To beat the forgetting curve, students need to continually remind themselves of the knowledge they have learned all the way up until the exam. Setting a static set of questions and then never returning to them again does not enable retention of knowledge. Although least familiar topics and weaker areas for a student are prioritised in Quiz, no question is ever completely closed. Instead, a question can be mastered by answering it correctly three times in a row resulting in it appearing less regularly.

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 Quiz. Little and often low-stakes quizzing and retrieval practice has a remarkable effect of transferring knowledge in working memory to long term memory.

Multiple choice is also ideal for spotting misconceptions with diagnostic questions and carefully selected incorrect answers. There are no silly or “all of the above” answers in Smart Quiz.

Work towards mastery

Smart algorithms calculate which aspects of the course or topic each student needs more practice on and targets these questions. A progress bar shows the student how close they are to answering a question correctly three times in a row and mastering the question. 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 will reappear occasionally to check knowledge retention.

Rich reports for teachers track progress over time

Reports allow teachers to see who is engaing, how often, and how successful each student is. Share classes with other teachers so that colleagues can also track the progress of students and the whole class easily.

  • A usage report tells you when students used Quiz and how many questions were attempted.
  • An overview report shows you the mastery status of each student.
  • Question analysis tells you the top ten least and most understood questions.
  • Class matrix shows you progress by topic.

You can download this data in CSV format to take snapshots to demonstrate progress over time.

A personal tutor

When a student answers a question, Quiz presents helpful advice about the correct answer, and for some courses, a link directly to a relevant YouTube video from Craig’n’Dave and popular text book page references.

Quiz 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

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

What the educational research says

Space, Retrieve, Interleave

Smart Quiz is built on the foundation of educational research from Ebbinghaus, 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 Quiz as a seven minute starter in every lesson, a plenary or homework.

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, Quiz will interleave questions automatically.

There are typically 500-650 questions for GCSE courses and 1000 questions for A level. Having tens of thousands of questions as some products do does not motivate students towards achieving a goal of mastery. Unlike many products the questions in Quiz are not generic GCSE computer science questions. Each question is linked to specific bullet points in the specification chosen.

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How to get the most out of Smart Quiz

  • Quiz requires very little intervention from the teacher – simply set topic filters and use analytic reports. Let the Quiz algorithms create a differentiated question playlist for each student. If you want to set the questions, use Smart Tasks instead.
  • Control the topic filters so that students only have access to the topics they have studied.
  • Start using Quiz after the first topic has been taught.
  • Use Quiz for seven minutes at the start of every lesson, as students arrive, before the main part of the lesson begins.
  • Encourage students to do seven more minutes of Quiz for homework.
  • The number of topics available to students should increase over time, and therefore the number of questions too.
  • Students will see the same questions and may even ask why they are covering old material, including the questions they have already mastered. That’s how it works – it’s about addressing the forgetting curve.
  • Continue using Quiz until the very last lesson of the course.
  • Use the analytic reports to identify questions students are getting wrong and focus on those in short recap teaching episodes.
  • Periodically have a topic focus. Use the topic filters to lock questions to just one topic enabling students to master the topic.