Overloaded with tests, quizzes, projects and essays, students must carefully learn to manage their time to get done everything they need to accomplish.
This calls for late nights and early mornings on the student’s behalf, but not even all of this work could give students enough preparation thanks to the horror that is pop quizzes.
Pop quizzes should not be given to students. Not all students absorb information easily, so they need to study to get their desired grade. Some students don’t need to excessively study, but many do. Everyone has different needs in their learning. Not being aware of the date of the quiz doesn’t allow the student to prepare accordingly, and it isn’t fair that their grade should suffer.
Receiving a pop quiz can make students nervous. Nothing is more stressful than walking into a class and realizing there is a test — one you didn’t even know about. All you can hear is the chatter of nervous students and the frantic turning of notebook pages. Getting flustered can negatively affect a student’s performance and cause for an even worse grade.
Teachers often give the argument that students should be studying every day for their class, but with seven classes each with separate tests and homework, there just isn’t time.
Priorities must be made, and classes with known tests and deadlines usually come first. After studying all night for one specific test, someone could face the terror of a pop quiz in another class.
Teachers should stop giving pop quizzes to avoid the unneeded stress that comes with them. They should instead utilize that class time to actually help their students and teach them the material. For example, playing a game or even just answering questions over the content.
Doing something to help a student’s understanding instead of hurting a student’s grade and confidence will prove beneficial to student and their grade.