University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching International and Multilingual Students

Promoting Success with Assignments and Tests

International students may incorrectly assume that academic norms in the U.S. are the same as those in their home country. Consider using the following strategies to help your students understand what is expected:

  • Provide examples of projects, essays, and other assignments so students can clearly see the type of work expected.
  • Go over the directions before the start of an assessment. When appropriate, ask students to paraphrase the directions to demonstrate their comprehension.
  • Before giving tests, provide a review activity with the same question types you'll be using (i.e., multiple choice, short answer, matching, etc.). Students who practice with assessment formats are much more likely to be successful.
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