A few weeks into closures, we asked teachers what elements of Educake they're finding most useful. Retrieval practice and checking student understanding were popular answers. So, here are five ways Educake can help you help your students during the closures.

 We are focusing on reviewing and embedding subject knowledge during this period of remote schooling… Educake then allows students to apply and check what they have been learning and get immediate feedback about how they have done and what they need to go back to again.
Richard Davies, Head of Science, Coundon Court School 

We are setting students [tasks]… and then as a way of us monitoring the students we set them a weekly quiz on Educake that covers the content that they have completed.
Ben Fisher, Head of Science, St Ursula’s Convent School

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1: Set questions for your students

It’s incredibly quick to set differentiated work for students. All the GCSE questions mirror your specification so you can be certain you are setting the right material. Many questions require the answer to be typed in, and where there are multiple choice options these are carefully selected, meaning students have to think about their answers. All Educake questions are automatically marked, so students get instant feedback even while they are working remotely. They can also use Educake to ask you about individual questions.

Here's a short video on setting tests:

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2: Assign links to Educake study guides

Alongside questions, science and geography teachers can assign our new study guides. These cover the key points of every unit in the GCSE specification in bite-size chunks. In Science, AQA and Edexcel are fully covered now, and in Geography AQA is published. Other exam boards will follow.

Here's a short video on assigning study guides:

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3: Assign links to videos and links outside Educake

You can also assign links to other online resources for students to see before they answer the questions – including worksheets and videos.

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4: Encourage students to set themselves tests for practice

Students can set their own questions to further test their knowledge. “The best impact it has on students is… reducing test anxiety… They really like that when they get it wrong, it shows them the correct answer straight away” Ben Fisher.

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5: Check engagement and give feedback

As soon as the questions are set you can see student engagement as well as results. This lets teachers identify which students need support, either with the content or due to issues at home. Teachers can send feedback to specific students and include links to resources such as videos to help them before they retry the test, or to praise them for their independent learning efforts.

If we can be of any help in making the most of Educake, please get in touch with our team at support@educake.co.uk.

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