I want my students to reflect on how well or how poorly they prepared for tests. I want my students to think about being better prepared for their next test. Often, they don’t prepare at all beyond the review for the test I do in class. I see this happening all the time. I think my students may intend to prepare for the test, but when they leave my classroom they leave their intentions behind. I’m hoping the test reflection handout I have them complete will encourage them to remember to prepare for the next test. I’m thinking that maybe after completing a half dozen or so of these reflections, the idea of preparing for the next test will stick in their mind. Now that I’m telling you about my plan, I think I might even have them reflect on their quiz preparation as well. Then the idea of preparing should be deeply embedded in their minds and they will remember to prepare. Here’s a copy of the reflection handout.

I have tried to use kid friendly language, you can change it to suit your purposes. Also, this reflection was about a math test ; you can change it to suit your purposes.

Test Reflection Sheet

Name: ________________________________  Date:______________________

How do you feel about your performance on this test? (circle one)

Awesome!!                   Cool                        Lame                                       Get Real

Do you think  you demonstrated what you knew about the topic on this test?


Why not?

How much time did you spend studying for this test?

I spent about

Days ____            Hours ____       Minutes____

studying for this test.

How much of the assigned work did you complete on this topic?

All____     Almost all_____  Some_______   Little_______

What would you do differently preparing for the next test?  Why?

What would you do the same? Why?

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One Response to “Helping students take ownership for better test preparation.”

  1. Sam Rangel on January 17th, 2011 1:15 pm

    This is excellent Elona. Testing is such a big part of their lives even after they get out of our classroom. It’s too bad that so much of how our schools are assessed by those in government who provide funding is based on test scores. This is a great way to get students to take ownership of their progress.
    Great idea!
    Sam Rangel´s last blog post ..When Warnings Don’t Work – Taking Back Control of Your Classroom

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