Step-by-Step Guideline to Writing an italki Quiz
italki Quiz is a great way to share your knowledge and promote yourself on italki. If you submit a quiz, italki will help you in editing, publishing, and marketing your work. With more visibility, you should be able to attract more students!
We've put together a short list of suggestions based on a data analysis of the most successful quizzes on italki. We hope that sharing this information will help make your quiz more attractive and informative.
A. Choosing a topic
1. Purpose and target audience
- Choose a topic that has relevance to a specific aspect of language learning. General topics such as “what kind of student are you” may be interesting, but they do not directly help the quiz taker improve in their learning language.
- Consider the purpose of the topic. Do language learners really benefit from taking a quiz on this topic? Some useful topics could be: “Do you know these 10 everyday expressions in [language]” or “How well do you know your Spanish dipthongs?” Put yourself in the shoes of the quiz taker and ask yourself, “Is this quiz worth taking?”
- Understand your target audience. Is the intended quiz taker an advanced student? A beginner? It is important to know consider the target student so that you can tailor the quiz to suit the appropriate audience.
- Consider your own courses. Writing a quiz about this topic would be a great way to find students who want to learn the things you most love to teach!
2. Method of presentation
- Decide the best way to present questions. For example, quizzes that discuss specific grammar rules or language techniques could provide an explanation and/or example sentence upon completing a question. This could be a vital resource for language learners.
- For most quizzes, pictures can be a good way to engage quiz-takers and motivate them to complete the whole quiz. Good pictures can help students with a visual understanding of the concept in the question.
- Background information on the topic
- Every quiz should have a short introduction of around 3 sentences regarding the topic of the quiz. The introduction is self-explanatory: it should introduce the topic to the interested audience and invite them to take the quiz.
2. Address your target audience
- The main purpose of a quiz should be to engage each quiz taker and perhaps teach them something new about a specific language-learning topic. However, it is important to understand that not everyone is interested in all topics. Try to present the challenge in a casual, attractive manner. A student should know from the introduction if the quiz will be helpful for them.
The most important part of a quiz is the body, that is, the questions and the choices. Keep the quiz-taker interested by writing with a personal voice or tone. This will make the questions more dynamic, engaging, and encouraging.
- Questions and answers
- All questions should pertain to one topic. Quizzes that are too general will most likely not be accepted.
- Questions and answers can contain images. If you submit images, please be sure that you have the rights to use them. Check out our page about submitting images here.
2. Explanations and examples
- After the student answers a question, it’s best to clearly explain what the correct answer should be and why, with an example. Many people forget this, but it is so helpful to the student.
- Don’t just give an example, but explain what makes it a good example. We often get submissions that have a topic with examples, but no explanation as to why the examples are useful.
- Try to think of examples that are relevant to the target audience. For example, if you are writing a Chinese grammar quiz, a good example you can use is <我喜欢吃肉包> (I like to eat meat buns—an inexpensive Chinese snack that many foreigners enjoy eating).
3. Structural consistency
- Well-organized quizzes need to have a consistent structure to ensure easy navigation from question to question. Take this quiz into perspective. Imagine if the first half had pictures pertaining to the question, and the second half did not. Would you want to finish taking the quiz? It is particularly important for quizzes to be structured in a consistent form throughout.
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- Finish your piece with a brief explanation/description to help the quiz takers ease out of the quiz. This should give them a sense of accomplishment as they finish the piece. An acceptable conclusion for the purpose of quizzes could be three-to-five sentences long.
- You should begin your explanation by briefly summarizing the meaning of the results of the quiz and how it can relate to the quiz taker. One way of doing this is to write a descriptive and entertaining result.
2. Call to action
- To conclude your quiz, leave the quiz taker with a call to action that will challenge them to continue to learn. Ultimately, the quiz should leave them on a positive note that will encourage them to improve.
- The call to action could be to invite students to check out one of your courses! Now that the student knows their level and knows what they need to improve, they might need your help!
- Your call to action can be written in a personal tone. This way, quiz takers can truly take the encouragement to heart and use it as motivation to improve.
Additional Resources (Optional)
You may cite resources that you used or that may be helpful for student at the end of your submitted quiz draft.
- For students' reference
- If you feel that your resources could be helpful to students, please cite them!
2. For your reference
- Have a collection of resources that will allow you to double-check to make sure the information you present in your quiz is accurate.
- italki Quizzes strictly prohibits plagiarism, so use your external resources as a guide only and for fact-checking only, not as a direct source of your content.
Now that you have read through the italki Quiz Outline, we hope that you have developed a better understanding of how to write interesting and informative quizzes that will be a valuable resource for you and your students! italki is driven by our community of dedicated, passionate teachers, and your personal growth and improvement is our priority.
Thank you for your continuous support of italki Quiz. We look forward to reading your next quiz submission!