Yes, the idea of a pop quiz is that you aren’t expecting it. But there are ways to prepare yourself for them, or things to tell your child to be on the lookout for. We all dread that day of school where we sit down and expect just a usual class and then all of the sudden the teacher arrives with the announcement, “I hope you did your reading assignment, it’s pop quiz time!” Sometimes pop quizzes are worth bonus points and other times they factor into your grade directly. It is always best to be as prepared as possible in order to excel when faced with this surprise.
Listen for clues. There is a good chance that your teacher has been hinting to this pop quiz for a little while now. If they are giving a presentation and note, “this is very important” or “this might come up again,” chances are they are preparing you for an upcoming quiz. It can’t hurt to always take good notes anyway, even if it won’t show up on a pop quiz there is a good chance it will come up again somewhere down the road. Really paying attention in class can also leave you with less study time later. If you are really absorbing the materials and taking good notes you won’t be fumbling and trying to remember the lessons later on or piling up your work load with extra reading after school.
Learn from older siblings and classmates. Chances are you have an older sibling or friend that has had your teacher before. Classmates are helpful for more than just giving out advice on the latest high school apparel trends and the best places to hang out after school, they will have good insight into the teaching style and pop quiz tendencies of your teacher. If you find out your teacher doles out a lot of pop quizzes you’ll know this is a class to pay extra close attention in (which you should be doing anyway of course).
Keep up with assignments. Think you can get away with skipping over reading the chapter that was assigned last night, or avoid the math worksheet that was passed out? Think again. The day after an assignment is given is the perfect time for a pop quiz. Teachers want to make sure you are absorbing the materials and actually doing the work. Keeping up with these smaller tasks will make things easier in the long run. Make sure you do your nightly assignments and then quickly review them when you first arrive in class. If you are unsure of anything you went over the night before, ask the teacher right away the next day. Your teachers want you to succeed, and if you show that you are having a hard time grasping a concept they will work with you to make sure you get it right.
Pay attention in class, do your assignments, seek insight from classmates and always ask for help when needed. If you practice this advice you are sure to succeed on your pop quizzes and all the other challenges of your classes.