How I Use It
I use this site as an introduction for how to succeed in my class. I introduce this site the first week of school, and I assign the introductory homework assignment to this site before my first test every year. At first, the students seem skeptical, but after we review the questions they generate in class they get excited. I tell them to think like me. Read the notes from class and ask yourself "What could my teacher possible ask me about this sentence?" The kids get excited after the test when they see questions similar to the ones they generated. They feel small steps of success when they are able to be ahead of the game, and predict what will appear on the test. I think being able to gauge what is coming next is not only an academic skill, but a life skill in which the use of this site provides for the students. This has to be introduced as an active learning project, and I have found that I have to give examples in class. Some students who are not great at abstract thinking will struggle with this at first. If we can get them away from memorizing as a study strategy we are being successful, this site is a great step in that direction, if it is used correctly.
At first I was hesitant about using this site. I was worried that my students would simply make a form of internet flash card that might lead the student to rely on memorizing terms. I always try to show my students application is key, and that simply memorizing terms without being able to apply their meaning to real life situations is a bad plan. This site allowed me to show my students how to think critically about possible test questions. I gave my students the notes, and asked them to create 20 questions I could possibly ask them about the notes. This was a brief homework assignment. I was very pleased with the results. My students were able to adtually come up with good test questions. We took all of the questions created and talked about them in class. Of course I got a few student generated questions simply asking what a word meant, but we were able to discuss as a class how that was not a critical thinking question. We used these examples to re-write the poorly written questions to create application questions. I think this was probably one of the best study skills lessons my students have received in a long time. I have had students do this again on their own as a means for studying, without me asking them to do it! I also have had students tell me they now use this site in other classes as well!.