7 Tips & Tricks to Make the Most of Study Island for Test Preparation

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -- Sarah Cornelius

Are you and your students in the thick of preparing for spring testing? Study Island can be a powerful tool to provide meaningful practice for students and save you time. Designed to help your K-12 students master the content specified in your state standards, Edmentum’s Study Island includes a wealth of features to help you drive classroom assessment strategies, make sense of student data, and facilitate targeted instruction. Here are seven of our favorite Study Island features to support your test prep efforts!

1. Maximize your use of Edmentum Sensei 

Edmentum Sensei for Study Island is an interactive data dashboard designed to help you identify patterns, measure progress, and gain insight into your students’ individual needs. During test prep time, this is critical information to help you identify which topics you need to focus your efforts on, and which students need additional practices in specific areas. Easily connect with students to ask questions, give praise, offer encouragement, or just dig a little deeper into their achievement. Examine each student’s progress towards meeting your state standards, and provide students with additional assignments directly from your dashboard.

2. Build custom assessments 

You can easily create custom assessments that are ready to use right away with the Test Builder feature. This tool provides everything that you need to create, schedule, and distribute customized assessments that coincide with your test prep goals. With Test Builder, you can access thousands of Study Island practice and assessment questions; build tests that focus on a specific standard or set of topics; and generate actionable reports on school and student performance.

3. Familiarize your students with technology-enhanced item types

As online tests become more and more common, it’s critical that students are comfortable with the technology-enhanced (TE) item types these exams leverage to assess for deeper learning. With over 10,000 TE items available in Study Island, you can offer your students the practice they need to ensure that high-stakes tests measure their content knowledge—not their ability to navigate the test.

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4. Explore group sessions for whole class and small group instruction

Group sessions is a great feature to give your students an opportunity to work through specific topics as a large or small group. With group sessions, you can maximize group instructional time using the technology you already have in your classroom. Students can answer multiple-choice and technology-enhanced questions via their personal tablets, mobile devices, laptops, or desktops, and you have immediate access to actionable data. 

5. Use LiveView to monitor student progress 

LiveView gives you the flexibility to monitor progress in real time from your computer, ensuring that students are on task and moving forward in their assignments.

6. Don’t forget about the Teacher Toolkit 

The Teacher Toolkit is a great resource to explore as your start preparing your students for state testing. Within the Teacher Toolkit, you can access thousands of K-12 learning resources including lesson plans, teacher videos, math practice activities, educational videos, virtual science labs, and project-based learning activities.

7. Take advantage of the NWEA™ MAP© Link 

Study Island and NWEA users can easily pinpoint academic strengths and weaknesses through NWEA MAP test results and then automatically target those areas with Study Island’s rigorous, standards-based content. This is a powerful partnership to help you make test preparation individualized and efficient for all of your students.

Want to learn more about how Study Island can support your test preparation efforts? Check out these Top 10 Features You Might Not Know About Study Island!