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Quiz for Students: Here’s How to Create Yours for Free in 2021

Lawrence Haywood 12 Oct 2021 7 min read

Think back to the classrooms you sat in as a student.

Were they grey boxes of abstract misery, or were they energetic and inspiring places for students experiencing the wonders that fun, competition and interactivity could do for learning?

All great teachers spend time and care fostering that kind of environment, but it’s not always easy to know how to do it.

Well, here we’re going to look into why creating quizzes for students is the answer, and how to bring one to life in the classroom!

Why Host a Quiz for Students?

Students celebrating together in class
Image courtesy of Lindsay Ann Learning

53% of students are disengaged from learning at school.

Gallup

For a lot of teachers, the #1 problem at school is lack of student engagement. If students don’t listen, they don’t learn – it’s really as simple as that.

The solution, however, isn’t so simple. Turning disengagement into engagement in the classroom is no quick-fix, but hosting regular live quizzes for students may just be the incentive your learners need to start paying attention in your lessons.

Here’s why…

Interactivity = Learning

This straightforward concept has been proven as far back as 1998, when Indiana University concluded that ‘interactive engagement courses are, on average, more than 2x as effective in building basic concepts’.

Interactivity is gold dust in the classroom – there’s no denying that. Students learn and remember better when actively engaged in a problem, rather than hearing it explained to them.

Interactivity can take many forms in the classroom, such as…

Remember, you can (and should) make any subject interactive with students with the right kinds of activities. Student quizzes are fully participatory and encourage interactivity every second of the way.

Fun = Learning

Sadly, ‘fun’ is a construct that often falls by the wayside when it comes to education. There are still many teachers that consider fun as unproductive frivolity, something that takes time away from ‘real learning’.

Well, our message to those teachers is to start cracking jokes. On a chemical level, a fun classroom activity, like a quiz for learners, boosts dopamine and endorphins; the kinds of transmitters that translate to a brain firing on all cylinders.

Not only that, but fun in the classroom makes students…

  • more curious
  • more motivated to learn
  • more willing to try new things
  • able to remember concepts for longer

And here’s the kicker… fun makes you live longer. If you can contribute to extending the lifespan of your students with the occasional classroom quiz, you may just be the best teacher they’ll ever have.

Competition = Learning

Ever wondered how Michael Jordan could dunk with such ruthless efficiency? Or why Roger Federer has never left the upper echelons of tennis for two full decades?

These guys are some of the most competitive out there. They’ve learned everything they’ve gained in sport through the intense power of motivation through competition.

The same principle, though maybe not to the same degree, happens in classrooms every day. Healthy competition is a powerful driving factor for many students in acquiring, retaining and ultimately relaying information when called upon to do so.

A classroom quiz is so effective in this sense, because it…

  • improves performance due to inherent motivation to be the best.
  • fosters teamwork skills if playing as a team.
  • increases the level of fun, of which we’ve already mentioned the benefits.

So let’s get into how to create your student quiz. Who knows, you may be responsible for the next Michael Jordan…

How does a Quiz for Students work?

Student quizzes in 2021 have evolved way beyond the groan-inducing pop quizzes of our day. Now, we have live interactive quiz software to do the job for us, with much more convenience and none of the cost.

a GIF of people celebrating after a question on AhaSlides

This kind of software lets you create a quiz (or download a ready-made one) and host it live from your computer. Your players answer the questions with their phones and compete for top spot on the leaderboard!

It’s…

  • Resource-friendly – 1 laptop for you and 1 phone per student – that’s it!
  • Remote-friendly – Play from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Teacher-friendly – No admin. Everything’s automated and cheat-resistant!

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How to Create a Live Quiz for Students

You’re just 5 steps from creating an exhilarating classroom environment! Check the video below to see how to create a live quiz, or read through the step-by-step guide below.

💡 You can also get the full guide to setting up a quiz right here!

Step 1: Create a Free Account with AhaSlides

Anyone who says the ‘first step is always the hardest’ has evidently never tried creating an online quiz for their students.

Getting started here is a breeze…

Signing up to AhaSlides and creating a quiz
  1. Create a free account with AhaSlides by filling out your name, email address and password.
  2. In the following onboarding, select ‘In Education and Training‘ to get an account tailored towards teachers and students.
  3. Either select a template from the quiz section of the template library or choose to start your own from scratch.

Step 2: Create your questions

Time for some tantalising trivia…

Creating a quiz for students on AhaSlides
  1. Choose the type of quiz question you want to ask…
    • Pick Answer – Multiple choice question with text answers.
    • Pick Image – Multiple choice question with image answers.
    • Type Answer – Open-ended question with no answers to choose from.
    • Match Pairs – ‘Find the matching pairs’ with a set of prompts and a set of answers.
  2. Write your question.
  3. Set up the answer or answers.

Step 3: Choose your Settings

Once you’ve got a couple of questions for your students’ quiz, you can tailor the whole thing to fit your students’ needs.

Got a potty-mouthed class? Turn on the profanity filter. Want to encourage teamwork? Make your quiz for a students a team one.

There are a lot of settings to choose from, but let’s take a brief look at the top 3 for teachers…

#1 – Profanity Filter

What is it? The profanity filter automatically blocks English-language swear words from being submitted by your audience. If you’re teaching teenagers, we probably don’t need to tell you how valuable that is.

How do I turn it on? Navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu, then ‘Language’ and turn on the profanity filter.

Profanity filter used during a quiz for students on AhaSlides
Profanities blocked on a ‘type answer’ quiz slide by the profanity filter.

#2 – Team Play

What is it? Team play allows students to play your quiz in groups, rather than as individuals. You can chooose whether the system counts the total score, average score or fastest answer of everyone in the team.

How do I turn it on? Navigate to the ‘settings’ menu, then ‘Quiz settings’. Check the box labelled ‘Play as team’ and press the button to ‘set up’. Enter the team details and choose the scoring system for the team quiz.

A student joining a team before a quiz for students on AhaSlides
The host screen (left) and player screen (right) during a team quiz for students.

#3 – Reactions

What are they? Reactions are fun emojis that students can send from their phone at any point in the presentation. Sending reactions and seeing them rising slowly on the teacher’s screen keeps the attention firmly where it should be.

How do I turn it on? Emoji reactions are on by default. To turn them off, navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu, then ‘Other settings’ and turn off ‘Enable reactions’.

The leaderboard slide showing how reactions work on AhaSlides
Emoji reactions showing on the quiz leaderboard.

💡 Learn more about features like these that can help you in the live or remote classroom!

Step 4: Invite your Students

Bring your student quiz to the classroom – the suspense is building!

Joining a quiz on AhaSlides
  1. Press the ‘Present’ button and invite students to join the quiz with their phones via the URL code or the QR code.
  2. Students will choose their names and avatars for the quiz (as well as their team if team play is on).
  3. Once finished, those students will appear in the lobby.

Step 5: Let’s Play!

Now’s the time. Transform from teacher to quizmaster right in front of their eyes!

A question and leaderboard slide on an AhaSlides quiz.
  1. Press ‘Start the Quiz’ to head to your first question.
  2. Your students race to answer the question correctly.
  3. On the leaderboard slide, they’ll see their scores.
  4. The final leaderboard slide will announce the winner!

Example Quizzes for Students


Sign up free to AhaSlides for heaps of downloadable quizzes and lessons!

Thumbnail for general knowledge quiz on AhaSlides
General Knowledge
The thumbnail for the music lesson presentation on AhaSlides
Music Lesson (w/ quiz)
The thumbnail for the English lesson presentation on AhaSlides
English Lesson (w/ quiz)
The thumbnail for the Harry Potter quiz on AhaSlides
Harry Potter
The thumbnail for the Marvel Universe quiz on AhaSlides
Marvel Universe
Thumbnail for the Pop Music quiz on AhaSlides
Pop Music

4 Tips for Your Student Quiz

Tip #1 – Make it a Mini-Quiz

As much as we may love a 5-round pub quiz, or a 30-minute trivia game show, sometimes in the classroom that’s just not realistic.

You might find that trying to keep students focussed for more than 20 questions is not easy, especially for younger ones.

Instead, try making a quick 5 or 10-question quiz at the end of the topic you’re teaching. This is a great way to check understanding in a succinct way, as well as to keep excitement high and engagement fresh throughout the lesson.

Tip #2 – Set it as Homework

A quiz for homework is always a great way to see how much information your students have retained after class.

With any quiz on AhaSlides, you can set it as homework by selecting the ‘self-paced’ option. This means players can join your quiz whenever they’re free and compete to set the highest score on the leaderboard!

Tip #3 – Team Up

As a teacher, one of the best things you can do in the classroom is encourage teamwork. It’s an essential, future-proof skill to be able to work in a team, and a team quiz for students can help learners develop that skill.

Try to mix up the teams so that there’s a range of knowledge levels involved in each. This builds teamwork skills in unfamiliar settings and gives every team an equal shot at the podium, which is a huge motivating factor.

Follow the method up here to set up your team quiz.

Tip #4 – Get Speedy

Nothing screams drama like a time-based quiz. Getting the answer correct is great and all, but getting it faster than anyone else is a huge kick for a student’s motivation.

If you turn on the setting ‘faster answers get more points’, you can make each question a race against the clock, which creates an electric atmosphere in the classroom.

A final leaderboard on a quiz for students on AhaSlides


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