Year after year and in study after study, we see the same thing: Confident students are better students. But, as one student pointed out in a 2019 survey, that confidence is easily shaken.
“I feel like if you do poorly on one test, you kinda get in your mind that maybe this isn’t the subject for you, or you go into the next test feeling less confident. So, then it may influence your academic performance and reflect on your grades.”
And that can only be worse after so many students were forced into remote classrooms. In another survey, this one from 2020, more than 80 percent of students said that the thing they missed most in online learning was being able to see and collaborate with other students and their instructors in person.
For many, the pandemic has taken away the natural support networks students have always had. It’s much more difficult to bounce ideas off someone in a virtual classroom, and it’s much harder to say, “I’m struggling with this,” and be heard. All the built-in safety nets of physical classrooms are gone, making it easier for students to lose confidence.
How do we safeguard against such loss of confidence? One answer may lie in some of the technologies that are already making online learning possible.
After more than a year in virtual classrooms, students and their teachers have become quite familiar with digital testing and the platforms that make them possible. While students may not count the ability to continue taking exams as a benefit, it’s these very platforms that can enable them to continue building their knowledge and their confidence.
For students: Building confidence in themselves and their ability to learn
The key to using digital testing platforms to build student confidence lies in the data these platforms provide and the specificity that’s available.
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