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Make Interactive Study Guides

The Prerequisite Work

Deciding on the specific subject area is a must for preparing a good study guide. You need to first make your mind up which part of the curriculum your study material will focus on. Draft an outline of the elements you want to incorporate in the guide. Don’t worry too much about the end product at this stage – if you follow a systematic approach, the rest will eventually follow.

Next – think about how the student is likely to interact with the material. You may opt for a strict “hands-up and no shouting” policy in class, but is that really the best approach here? Allowing for quick-fire Q&A sections and regular breaks within the study guide can really help students attain a good grasp of the subject. You will need to do some research here, so set aside some time to trial your creation before setting it afloat online. After all, you’re looking to make it easy and fun for students to take up DIY lessons at home during the weekends, and the less time you’re spending on reiterating last week’s topics in class, the better.

Finding the right Websites

You’ll probably need some help along the way yourself, so you’ll likely be taking to the web anyway. Whilst you’re there, try and find some good resources for your students to consult if they’re stuck with your study guide. Here’s the tricky part – often the best resources on the web won’t fit in with your plan. If it’s not completely to your taste, that’s fine – as long as it meets the needs of your students. You can change the resources over time to better reflect your teaching style if that’s what you want.

Choosing the Questions

This is the most intricate part of making an interactive study guide. As the teacher, you’ll know which questions are the most challenging for students, so make sure they understand the subject area thoroughly. Do expect your students to make mistakes though – good learning should always have an element of trial and error. It is also imperative that your guide has a good scoring system, as this allows you to give more feedback and encourages students to improve over time.