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Anticipating misconceptions

Help to prepare good hinge-point questions.
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Preparing a good hinge-point question to assess students understanding requires a knowledge of possible misconceptions and common difficulties. There are a number of places you can get support with identifying these:

  • You could use examiner reports from exams or SATs.
  • Your own student ideas from lessons activities, test answers or out of lessons activities (such as homework).
  • There is also a wealth of online resources which you could use.


Explore and share

Take some time to explore these resources. Can you share any other sources of common difficulties with particular topics that you teach?
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