Quiz bees provide your students with a lot of benefits. Aside from the prestige of winning a competition, quiz bees also provide your students a venue where they can develop teamwork, apply what they have learned in the classroom, and meet and interact with fellow students.1
Having your students join quiz bees is the easy part. The brunt of the work lies in training and preparing them for the competition. Here are some tips you can follow to help you better prepare your students for the competition and improve their chances of taking home the trophy:
- Prepare your students ahead of time. Cramming is an ineffective way to prepare as it makes it harder for your students to absorb and retain information.
- Set rigorous practice sessions. Take the case of the Filipino students who won in the recently held Leung Kuk 11th Primary Mathematics Contest for example. The secret to their victory, one of the participants shared, is that months before the actual competition, they were already training for several hours a day.
- Continuously give your students feedback. Tell them how they are doing both as a team and as individual members. 2
- Carefully observe how your students are performing during your study and practice sessions.This would help you better identify their strengths and weaknesses and work on areas that need improvement. 3
- Present them with challenging, relevant and updated questionnaires. The World Wide Web is filled with sample tests which you can use for your training.
- Be generous with your praises. If you want to reprimand a student or talk to him/her about his/her poor performance, then do it in private and in the kindest way possible. Remember that you are supposed to encourage and motivate them, not embarrass them to the point where they actually want to quit. 4
- Surprise your students with a fun activity every once in a while. This would break the monotony of the training and give them a chance to recharge. 5
- On the day before the competition, let your students relax. Remind them to sleep early and eat a balanced diet to ensure that they will have enough energy for the competition.
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