Whether it be a pop quiz or an announced quiz, it’s important to study. Of course, a pop quiz is often a surprise, but if you are keeping up to date with your notes and readings than you should be fine. Although a quiz might not be worth as much as a full test, you still want to score high on it. After all, they are usually not worth as much because there is less information on it and it’s often easier than a test would be. In my college career, I have found that many of my classes had a handful of quizzes worth about 5% each–sometimes totaling up to a full 25% of my grade. Whether your grading breakdown is the same or different, it’s still worth something–so do well on it! Here are some ways you can study for an upcoming quiz:
1) Make sure you have everything read
If there were articles or chapters in a textbook that you were supposed to read, make sure that you have them read and understand the content. During this first read, think about the big picture and then worry about the details later. Typically, quizzes (especially short answer ones) are looking for big picture concepts, anyway.
2) Re-read the materials
Any materials that will be covered on the quiz should be re-read. Hopefully, this won’t take too long; since it’s a quiz, there shouldn’t be too much information that is covered. During your time of going over the materials again, be sure to highlight important information or words that support the big picture of the chapter or article. Doing this will help you learn some of the details, which should help you on your quiz.
3) Ask your professor
Don’t be afraid to ask your professor if there is anything specific you should study for the quiz. If he hasn’t announced what questions will be on the quiz, then just ask him. In the past, I have had professors who never intended on telling the class what kind of questions would be on the quizzes–but then someone asked–and he told us! Not only that, but he gave us his notes to study from! So don’t by shy, go ahead and ask–the worst that could happen is that he says no and tells you to re-read the materials.
4) Study with a friend
If someone else that you know is in the class, make up your own quizzes for each other based off of the materials. Then, quiz and grade one another! This can be done multiple times, so long as different questions keep coming up. By the time you take your quiz, you will be more ready for it than ever!