Different ways of monitoring students

Student learning is quite complex. Building an all-round student involves monitoring the academic, social and psychological progress of the child. Some might argue that the only thing necessary for smooth learning is good grades in exams. Good grades are important, but how can they be measured or monitored?

In this article, we will look at different ways we could monitor students.

With exams and assignments

This is a very common way of monitoring a student’s progress academically. It helps you keep the student in check and makes sure they study hard since they need good grades to move higher within the school ranks. Assignments make sure they read further and broader to establish knowledge.

This form of assessment doesn’t just ask students to replicate or reproduce exactly what was taught. But it asks questions that require students to critically analyse and examine what they read and give their own answers for it.

Using a progress monitor

A progress monitor is an evaluation system and protocol that collects reliable data about students’ performance and compares them to expected outcomes. A progress monitor determines if a student is in need of an intervention or not.

Progress monitors take into consideration three key components:

  • Selection of evidence-based tools
  • Recognising students’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Considering the barriers a student might face e.g. language barriers or special needs

Progress is measured using assessment tracking, external test data and curriculum mark books. Software applications like Spreadsheets and apps like Master Grid and Classroom Monitor help to keep track of students’ performance and progress.


To deepen their knowledge and strengthen their memory, it is important to go over topics or content over and over again. Revisions also help to identify what students know, what they can remember and how their understanding of a subject has either evolved or improved.

Write your objectives

To properly monitor students’ progress and performance, you should have a list of objectives. These objectives are the expected outcome at the end of each lesson, or term. Determine what each lesson is expected to teach the students, ascertain their current performance, plan the lesson and instructions and evaluate the students based on objectives and performance.

If students meet up the objectives, then their performance is good. If not, there is more work to be done.


Observation is a skill that helps you monitor students’ struggles, performance and strengths just by watching them. You could observe a class while teaching and note those who are paying attention and those who aren’t. With good observations, you could note students who were formerly doing well academically and have dropped, those who have picked up and are better and those who are in the same position.

Observation skills work with good interactions and relationships with the students. While interacting with the students, you will gain more insights to prove or debunk your observations.

Group projects

Group or peer-to-peer projects are a good way of monitoring student’s progress with each other. You monitor their social and behavioural traits and how well a particular student performs when in a group and when alone.

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