Using Individual and Group Multiple-Choice Quizzes to Deepen Students’ Learning

Academic Article


  • This Article focuses on a particular approach to using multiple choice quizzes. In this approach, a one-semester course is broken into five to seven modules, and students individually complete a scheduled, closed-book, multiple-choice quiz toward the beginning of each new course module, before the material is formally "covered" in class but after students have completed reading on the topic. Each quiz primarily tests students on foundational doctrine for the new module and incorporates previous course material. After taking the multiple choice quiz individually, students immediately retake the same quiz in small groups, earning grades for both their individual and group quiz scores. Following the group quiz, students can appeal the answers their group got wrong. At the end of the multiple-choice quiz process, the teacher provides a mini-lecture, focusing on those multiple-choice questions and topics that were most challenging. This Article first shows why using this method of multiple-choice quizzes is effective and appropriate in law school doctrinal classes. The remainder of the Article suggests how to design and use these quizzes to maximize their effectiveness.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • June 2011
  • Published In

  • Elon Law Review  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Multiple Choice
  • group
  • learning
  • quiz
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 26
  • Volume

  • 3
  • Issue

  • 1