Teachers can identify strengths and weaknesses of students by administering tests, written assessments, verbal quizzes and hands-on projects. Educators use a variety of assessment methods to determine a student's talents, academic challenges and learning disabilities. This includes writing, social and artistic skills as well as basic skills like the processing of auditory, visual and tactile information.
Written tests and verbal quizzes offer concrete evidence of a student's weaknesses or strengths in certain subjects, such as math or science. However, test anxiety and nervousness may taint the student's results and inaccurately identify strengths and weaknesses. Written essays and assignments can identify strengths and weaknesses that involve creativity, reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing structure. Hands-on projects, presentations and group activities also help identify a student's social and creative skills. For example, an art project can identify a student's ability to sketch, draw or coordinate colors, while a group activity puts a student's social skills on display and identifies strengths or weaknesses with working as a team or leading a group of students. One-on-one conferences with an educator or adult can identify a student's abilities regarding auditory and speaking skills and critical thinking expressions while offering in-depth reflections, constructive feedback and oral advice.