Three Quizzes That Might Teach Your Students Something About Themselves

Quizzes, both helpful and meaningless, are gaining popularity on the Internet. These three examples err on the side of "helpful" and could make a fun class activity!


Internet quizzes have suddenly rocketed to popularity, and while some seem to be rooted in nonsense, others can offer substantial personal feedback. And we're not just talking about the Myers Briggs personality test. These three quizzes, pulled from some of our favorite websites, are a great first step in self-discovery, which is key when helping your students become their best selves. 

The Four Tendencies quiz
Gretchen Rubin, well-known happiness expert and author of several books, discovered in her research that there tend to be four ways people respond to expectations. These can be everything from outer expectations like being asked to take out the trash, or inner expectations like trying to make yourself go to the gym. Once you've identified your own tendency type, Rubin offers tons of advice on navigating and improving your habits. The quiz is also a helpful strategy for interacting with others. For example, once you know that a kid has a "questioner" (one of the four tendencies), you may have a better idea of how to handle him or her in class.  

New York Times health quizzes
Okay, technically there are multiple quizzes here. The Times' Well section composes a new health-related quiz each week, which serve as a great way to make sure you're staying informed about the latest studies and health news. Though geared more toward adults, these quizzes are full of important ideas and information that applies to students, as well. Two great examples are "Gulp!"—a quiz on the crazy bacteria in your gut—and "The Flu Quiz." 

The VisualDNA "Who Am I" quiz
This is a long one, but the end results are insightful. It is based on the well-known "big five" personality assessment model, which says that there are five main personality traits: openness to experience, neuroticism, conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness.

These quizzes probably aren't going to nail down an exact explanation for your stomachache or your tendency to be disorganized, but they might be able to provide some clues that help you figure it out yourself. Once you test-drive these quizzes to ensure they're a good fit to your students, they could make a great homework assignment or class activity! 

Speaking of habits, we wrote a guide to breaking a bad habit in five steps. Check it out!