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Is the best motivator… motivation?

Can you believe that we’re only about 100 days from the start of exam period?

This means that now is the perfect time to explore how can we best help students develop and maintain their motivation. This is a tricky and important question, as motivation can dwindle and change over time.

It is important for your students to build up their motivation so that they are ready to perform to the best of their ability. So, what can your students do to stay on track? We’ve looked at recent research, and it seems that motivation works in a way that may surprise you…

Book Mastery Mindset Student Workshop


How do confidence-weighted multiple-choice tests benefit students’ learning?

Multiple-choice tests can serve two purposes; they can check for understanding and they can also accelerate learning. They can act as a very effective form of Retrieval Practice, and can be asked and answered in a very time effective manner. But what if there is a different way to do them, instead of the traditional manner?

A traditional multiple-choice question has three parts; the stem (i.e. the initial question), the correct answer, and the distractors (i.e. the incorrect answers). Research has suggested ways to maximise these. These include:

  • Three to four answer options
  • Avoiding ‘filler’ answer options
  • Avoiding ‘None of the Above’

However, multiple-choice questions do have some limitations. One of these is that if a student gets an answer right, we have no way of telling if they did so because they really knew the answer, or if they got lucky by blind guessing. This is one of the reasons why an alternative way of doing multiple-choice questions may be better…

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Hattie’s latest feedback study is out: what does it say?

Feedback, described by some as a “double-edged sword” due to its ability to either help or hinder students’ progress, is a fundamental part of a student’s learning journey. With so much time spent doing it, it is an area that must be constantly monitored for effectiveness.

But what does good feedback look like? And what are students’ perceptions of it?

One researcher who has spent years and years examining this is Professor John Hattie, best known for his large-scale data analysis (he does meta-analysis on meta-analysis). This blog provides a brief overview of his feedback model, and takes a look at his latest study, which focuses on how students interpret the feedback their teacher gives them…

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5 reasons why students don’t put the effort in

There is arguably nothing more frustrating than seeing a student not reach their potential due to them actively choosing to not put much effort in. This self-sabotaging behaviour can hinder their learning, development and performance. But why might students choose to not try hard? Beyond seeing it as “laziness”, there may be five different, but related, thought process that lead to them not working hard.

Let’s have a look at some of these reasons in detail, as well as how to help your students change their view of effort…

Book Studying With The Brain In Mind Student Workshop