LATIN VIA FABLES: AESOPUS

Aesop's Fables... in Latin!

Ning Diary: Dec. 21 - Quizzes for Learning

I'm a big believer in quizzes for learning, NOT for testing and grading. My goal is for you to get consistent, immediate feedback from a quiz so that you can know how well you are studying. If you do well on a quiz, that is great - you are ready to proceed, using the same study strategy. If you do poorly on a quiz, that means you need to rethink your study strategy, study some more, and take the quiz again.

STUDY WELL FIRST. You are not doing yourself a favor to take a quiz before you have studied really well in advance. If you are taking a vocabulary quiz, make sure you have studied the vocabulary beforehand, either by making your own flashcards, or using flashcards provided at Quia.com. For parsing or true-false quizzes based on a story, make sure you have read and understood the story completely before you take the quiz.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE FEEDBACK. Unlike a quiz that you take for a grade, these quizzes are learning tools to help reinforce your studying. I configure the Quia.com quizzes so that only one question appears at a time, and you get immediate feedback on that question. If you get the question right, it shows up in green. If you get the question wrong, it shows up in red - but it does not tell you the right answer.

So, if you get a question wrong (red), that is a signal. You should slow down, and think about what you want to do. You have three options:

(1) Go on to the next question. You can go on to the next question if you want; in fact, the next question has already appeared on the screen for you. So, you can proceed to the next question now and then come back later and try to answer the questions you got wrong the first time around (see #3 below for how to review all the questions again at the end).

(2) Try again later. You also have the option of going back to do the question again that you just missed. Up in the right-hand corner of the screen is a list of all the questions; you can go back to any question you missed and try it again - just select the question that you want, and click "GO" to return to that question.

(3) Review all questions. Instead of reviewing missed questions as you go, you can wait until you reach the end of the quiz, and then go back to the beginning. Just use the upper right-hand corner box to "GO" to the first question, and then look at all the questions again, re-trying any question you missed the first time. You can look in the upper right-hand corner box each time to see if you got the answer correct already or not (also, if it is a fill-in-the-blank question, the answer you gave will be highlighted in green or in red, depending on whether or not it was correct). As you work through all the questions again, just hit "Submit Answer" as you did the first time, and that will advance you to the next question.

CORRECT YOUR ANSWERS. As you are taking a quiz, you can decide if you want to correct each missed answer as you proceed through the quiz, or you can wait until the end and THEN go back and try to answer any of the questions you got wrong the first time. There are advantages to each method, so you need to decide which is the best method for you. If you are missing a lot of questions, you probably should slow down and correct each answer you get wrong immediately. If you are getting most of the answers correct, you should probably finish the quiz and then review your answers at the end, correcting anything you got wrong. Either way, you should try to have all the questions answered correctly before you finish the quiz. The only reason to submit a quiz without having gotten all the answers correct is that you just cannot figure out the correct answer on your own in any way - either from your memory, or by checking your notes, or checking a dictionary.

ASK QUESTIONS HERE. It could be that for some reason you are unable to figure out why a given answer to a quiz is not correct - and that's okay! There could be some point of vocabulary or grammar that you have misunderstood somehow, or there could be a mistake in the quiz itself! So please do not be shy to ask questions here at the Ning - I'll be glad to answer any questions you have and if there is a mistake in a quiz, then I can correct the mistake. So, if you do not understand why a given answer to a question is not correct, please leave a comment here for me and I will check on it for you. There are bound to be some typos in the quizzes, especially at first, and I'll be very grateful for any help you can give me in improving them! There's a special forum dedicated to the Quia.com quizzes where you can ask questions - or, if you are taking a quiz about a specific fable, you can ask the question in the forum dedicated to that fable (just check the Fabulae list to find the fable forums).

REPEAT THE QUIZZES FOR PRACTICE. Each quiz gives you a random selection of questions from a larger question pool. So, it is good practice to take the quiz several times, just to make sure you have studied the material thoroughly and can handle any question that the quiz might present you with at random. Taking the quizzes is a good form of review, so even if you are getting perfect scores on the quizzes, you are getting some good practice and reinforcement of what you already know. If you can budget a few minutes into your study schedule each day to do some quiz-taking - including the re-taking of old quizzes - that will be a good way to keep your knowledge fresh!

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Comment by Laura Gibbs on February 10, 2009 at 8:57am
You are very welcome! I will be adding many more quizzes in the coming months - if you notice mistakes, let me know - and if you have ideas for different kinds of quizzes I should be creating, please tell me! Now that I have finished the vocabulary quizzes, my goal is to focus on quizzes that are ONLY Latin quizzes - no English! :-)

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