Learning material by reading and rereading notes is not the most efficient way to study. Creating a test is a much more effective way to help anyone learn new material.
Putting the information in the form of a question requires a more advanced mode of thinking that includes the application and manipulation of information. In addition, taking a quiz at home mimics what the assessment will look like for school.
As most things with technology there are dozens of test making options available. However, you can easily create an assessment type scenario when helping your child review each evening. Which is really what you should try to do every day for just a few minutes.
Simply put the information you are looking at into the form of a question - be it fill in the blank or true or false.
Here are a few examples of how this works, just to get you started.
Study notes: In our solar system all the planets revolve around the sun. This is called an orbit. The earth’s orbit takes 365 days, which equals one year on earth. The further away from the sun the longer it takes a plant to complete one orbit. The closest planet to the sun is Mercury, next is Venus, then Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto).
1. Which plant, Mercury, Venus or Earth takes the shortest time to complete one orbit around the sun?
2. True or False - The sun completes one orbit of the earth every day?
3. Uranus completes its orbit faster than what other planets?
4. How many days make up one year on Earth?
5. Put the planets in order from closest to the sun to furthest away.
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