Check and Challenge is a unique assessment system that not only evaluates students’ knowledge and understanding, but also provides scaffolded support via hints, multiple choice options and feedback statements, to aid actual learning and retention. With a range of question difficulties, including questions designed to challenge even the most able students, and automated marking and student feedback, it provides teachers with valuable insights into student strengths and weaknesses.
“Check and Challenge – this is brilliant, it’s a game changer.”
Dave Nichols – Snaith School
“I’m super-excited about Check & Challenge. The quality and type of data that we can glean from this is just what teachers need. You have clearly thought about the pedagogy behind questioning of students. Being able to find the most common detractor for each individual question as well as knowing if students had to use one or two attempts or use a hint is incredibly powerful and useful. The fact it is included in our existing subscription is even better.”
Penny Humm, Teacher, Bellerbys College
Education assessment consultant Dr Sue Stothard explains what sets GCSEPod’s ‘Check & Challenge’ apart…
There are many assessment tools out there to help students practise answering multiple choice questions, but the quality can be highly variable. The GCSEPod Check & Challenge system utilises questions written by subject experts, with incorrect options specifically designed around common mistakes and misconceptions students often display in the course of the exam.
Key to the system is the feedback students receive. When answering a question incorrectly, they will be shown a brief explanation of why they were wrong. We wanted a system that would replicate the type of support a student might receive from a personal coach or home tutor which is why students also receive feedback when they are correct.
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Review of our Check & Challenge English Literature
“What struck me most about the structure and coverage of the question sets is that even if a student doesn’t feel confident before they start a pod/test, by doing the questions and interrogating each option there is the opportunity to learn so much and take their understanding of a literature text to a greater depth.”
“Through both the correct and incorrect answer options and then their accompanying justifications, students can learn a lot about the text. There is great advantage in getting things wrong here!”
“Students get an insightful explanation about how an option is correct, and conversely how an option is wrong or – in some cases – ‘less right’ than others. This means that students are building up layer on layer of understanding of a literature text as they go through the pod/test.”
“Key quotes are used to either trigger a question or may appear in answer options, furthering students’ exposure to and revision of the important extracts from a literature text.”
“Crucially, everything is put into context – literary techniques/terminology and their effects, writer’s methods, themes, characterization, as well as the context of the text!”
Jane Jackson, Editor and English literature specialist
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