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How to create a study-guide in Google forms
Related links: Self-grading quiz in Google Forms

STEP 1: planning

Planning is important!

Narrow down the topics and concepts you want to assess.

How many questions are there for each topic?

Even though you can always add more questions later, but for the first form it is better to have the exact number.

Lay out the order of pages:

Topic pages are the pages where you will place the study-guide information, explanation of the concepts, techniques, etc. Basically, this is where you place the summary of the topic.

Question page is the pages where you place your question, and, based on the answer, student will go to the next question page (if the answer is correct), or not.

Wrong answer pages:
In case a student's answer is incorrect, he will be forwarded to a page, that will provide some additional information about this particular question.

Here is the idea behind the study-guide form:

1. Student lands on Topic 1 page, where he reads all necessary information about the topic. After reading it, the student clicks the NEXT button.

2. Student lands on Question 1 page. This page has the question itself, and the multiple choice options.

If the student's answer is correct, clicking on NEXT button will take him to Question 2 page.

If the answer is incorrect, student will be forwarded to the Wrong answer page, where he will review the information pertaining to the question.

After the Wrong answer page, student is directed back to Question 1 page, where he answers the question again.

3. Once the student is at Question 2 page, the steps repeat: either he proceeds to the next topic - Topic 2 page - or is directed to the Wrong answer page for question 2.

This is what the order of the pages looks like.

Each topic starts with a Topic page.

Next page is a Wrong answer page - landing page for all incorrect answers for question 1.

Next is the Question page with multiple choice option.

Next page is a new question or a new topic page.

STEP 2: creating pages in Google Forms

In your Google Drive - create a new Form

Rename it in the upper left corner.

Start with the first item: student's name

In the Question Title field type: Your name

In the Help Text field type: (Last name, First name) - this field is optional.

Make it a required question.

Use Text option to provide space for students to type their name.

Then click DONE.

You can add an item to this page - class period.

To do so - click on Add Item in the bottom of the page, select Choose from a list or Text option.

Click DONE when you are finished.

This is what your page looks like now.

Upper left corner - this is where you can see your page numbering. At this point we have only one page.

Let's add more!

Click on the arrow next to Add Item button.

Choose Page break.

STEP 3: working with pages

In a pop-up window type the page title for your topic 1 page. Then click DONE.

You will see two pages in your form.

Even though page title is optional, it's a good practice to always give them a name.

Create another Page break. Add page's title for the Wrong answer page.

Repeat adding Page breaks until you have all necessary pages added to your form.

STEP 4: adding content

You have 2 options in adding content to your topic pages - text or image.

To add text to your page:

From the Add item menu - choose Section header

(Pleas note - you cannot upload word documents or PDF files).


In the Header text area type the title for the text

In the description area place your text.

Click DONE.

This is how it looks.

You can add more Section headers to your page, you can also add images or both.

To add an image to a page:

from the Add Item menu - select Image.

Then upload your image.

Click DONE.

In this screenshot you see two pages:

1. Topic page (Color Values) - that provides study information

2. Wrong answer page - with highlighted area that pertains to the question to follow.

Question pages:

Make sure you choose Multiple choice option.

Once you completed all information for the question, check the box next to Go to page based on answer.

This is why it was so important to name all pages!!!!

For all wrong answers point to the previous page.


For the correct answer - choose the next page (or you can specify the name of the next page - either it is a next question page or a next topic page).

This is how this page looks.

I checked the Required question box to make sure students don't skip the questions.

You can have an image and a question in the same question page.


This is what the form looks like at this point:

Continue adding content to your pages.

Here you see the Wrong answer page for question 2 - with highlighted area,

and Question 2 page.

Don't forget to point to the correct page for each answer.
Now look at the menu between the pages:
You can change which page will go next.
For example:
After page 2 (topic 1 page) go to page 4 (question 1 page).
After page 3 (Wrong Answer page for question 1) go to page 4 (return to Question 1 page).
You can add a progress bar to the pages so that students can see how much is left.

STEP 5: design

To apply a design to your form - click on Change Theme button.

Then choose a design in the right pane.

Don't be alarmed if you don't see what fits your test - pick any design, and then just change its settings.

Click on Customize.

You can change (or remove) the image, that came with the template.

You can also change text colors, sizes, fonts

Apply a new color or an image to the backgrounds.

You can preview your form by clicking on View live form button.

STEP 6: Google Drive

If you open your Google Drive - you'll see 2 files:

One - is your form

Another - is a spreadsheet that collects the data of all students, completing the form.

Check it out:




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