Self-Assessment Methods for Students

Self-assessment implies testing your own academic progress or performance. Let’s consider its advantages for you as a student:

  • You track the learning process and growth by making judgments about what you know, have learned or mastered.
  • It influences the digestion of the material to be tested.
  • You find out the gaps in study and plan your further learning.
  • It can increase motivation and make you an independent learner.

Self-Assessment is carried out in 3 stages.

  1. Collect the study aids and materials for testing. It can be primary (books, websites, audio records, videos and other full sources) and processed materials (your notes, outlines, summaries, idea maps and other things you have created that contain compressed information of the primary materials).
  2. Make up different kinds of assignments.

Vocabulary Flash Cards. Such cards have a term on one side and an associated item on the back. It can be word and definition, word and translation, term and category (pear/fruit), writer and work of literature, symptoms and diagnosis etc. Use the reverse method. At first, read the term and define it. Then, read the definition and recite a described term.

Vocabulary Flash Cards

As their name implies, Question and Answer Flash Cards have questions and answers placed on different sides of the cards. They can concern a word, date, formula or a vast description of some event.

Problem Flash Cards. These cards presents problems and their solution. For example, one side of the card sets a task “take the square root of 9” and the other side has the answer “3”.

Half Paper. It is based on rewriting, that can be an effective way of memorizing information if you think thoroughly about what you are writing. One half of the paper is intended for a term and its definition or a question and an answer for it rewritten from a study material. After doing it, bend the paper in the middle so you cannot see your record. Then check your knowledge and put down the definition or an answer on the other half. Fold it back to see your accuracy.

Cloze Test. Take a summary of your text or a web page and write it down, leaving the blanks instead of every fifth word. Then reread the original text, fill in the blanks and examine the correctness.

Matching Deck. Get cards with terms and definitions, questions and answers, and pair them up. Of course, you will accomplish it perfectly, as it will be you who will create a task. Its purpose is learning while developing the task.

You can use ready exercises, questions in the bottom of the chapters or quizzes from your textbooks.

  1. Go through the assignments and evaluate the result. It is advisable to hold self-assessment regularly so you can track your learning and analyze the following issues:
  • The final score
  • The strong and weak points
  • The improvement of the performance comparing with the previous time
  • The level of knowledge
  • The learning trending (Is it becoming easier, faster or remains the same?).