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? Smart Quiz was developed to solve that problem.

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Dynamic, personalised question playlists

Unlike other multiple choice quizzing tools, Smart Revise learns about each student as they answer questions. Instead of presenting a set number of static questions, Smart Revise creates a personalised, ever-changing, never-ending playlist for each student automatically, without any additional work for the teacher. That means no two students will have exactly the same experience which is ideal for differentiation.

Why is there no end to the questions?

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.

Consider starting every lesson with seven minutes of low stakes questioning on topics that students have already learned, using Smart Quiz. Students will be regularly challenged on what they have learned before, making a big difference to knowledge retention over time.

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.

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 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 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 and/or text book references to Paul Long’s Ultimate GCSE resources.

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

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.

“Kids are difficult to please but they really like Smart Revise.”

David Corbett, Teacher

What the educational research says

Space, Retrieve, Interleave

Smart Quiz is built on the foundation of educational research from Ebbinghause, 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 seven 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.

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

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Getting the most out of Smart Quiz

Spending time each day to remember information greatly decreases the effects of the forgetting curve. We strongly suggest:


  • 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.
  • Control the topic filtering and unlock topics after they have been taught.
  • 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!
  • Continue using Quiz until the very last lesson of the course.
  • If students are not engaging at the beginning of the lesson, set twenty questions using Smart Tasks for homework regularly instead.
  • Use the analytic reports to identify questions students are getting wrong and focus on those in short recap teaching episodes.