The University of Texas at Austin

College of Natural Sciences

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How to maximize your learning in Quest courses

If you are a student reading this, you may be taking a course that uses the Quest Learning & Assessment tool. So, what does that mean? Now that you have Quest at your fingertips, how should you be using it (and class time) to maximize your learning experience?

Our Advice

  • Take notes as you watch the videos. Try to keep a notebook just like you would if going to class.
  • Feel free to hit pause and talk to others as you all work through lessons.
  • Review your notes and circle areas you have questions about. Write the questions down.
  • Use email, Piazza/discussion-board, or class time to share questions with the instructor, TA, or other students. Google other online resources and do some background research.
  • If the instructor has created learning modules with questions in Quest, write down the questions and how they were connected to the video lectures.
  • Come to class ready to solve problems. When your instructor has asked you a question in class, connect it to the online lectures you watched prior to class.
  • As you look at the homework problems, try to make a connection between the questions and the ideas you learned in the online tutorials.
  • Think of your instructor as your personal fitness trainer. Your instructor is there to coach you, encourage you, and point to areas where you need improvement. But your instructor cannot do the learning for you, just like a personal trainer can’t lift your weights.

Quest Statistics

More than 360,000 college and high school students served

Used by 48 colleges and universities 

Used by 950 high schools in 48 U.S. states, as well as Canada, Australia and countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East

Platform of choice for over 300 Advanced Placement programs