I'm one of those students, myself, that gets very nervous before a quiz/test. I remembered this well when I was studying abroad in Spain, and had my own midterms again after four years of teaching. So this year, after implementing Edmodo (www.edmodo.com), I decided to go "live" with my students the night before their Spanish 1 placement exam (for high school) review. They could ask me any questions, concerns, or clarify any sort of questions that they had. They could also ask questions and answer them for one another. I simply told them the time frame I'd be live, and logged in. It was a great success!! I had students asking me questions about the format, or they even asked specific questions about questions they had.
Obviously, you'd need to be a part of a educational learning network for this particular idea (Edmodo, Schoology, or even Twitter). I have already had my students' accounts set up, so this was just a simple reminder. Also, this fulfills part of my professional goal of utilizing more technology.
|Example of my "live" session with students!|
I know that this could become demanding if you're expected to do this on a regular basis, so I would decide on limitations for yourself. For myself, I think I've decided to limit this to chapter exams, or special assessments (like a placement exam). Although, truthfully, you can do this sitting on the couch while watching TV, or I did it yesterday while I was cooking dinner. Let me know if you have an other idea/suggestions!