On Albert, there are two ways that teachers can provide students with practice questions

Opening access to independent practice, so that students can freely answer questions and view answers

Selecting specific questions and assigning work to students

## What’s the difference between opening vs. closing access to independent practice?

When a subject is “open” for independent practice, students in the classroom can independently make attempts and view answers to all practice questions in the subject. (This excludes questions in assessments).

When a subject is “closed” for independent practice, students can only practice questions that teachers have added to assignments.

## What happens if I open independent practice for my class?

Students enrolled in the class will be able to independently practice all questions in the subject that are not part of Albert-curated assessments.

Questions in assessments are never open for independent practice. To let your students practice on assessment questions, you must assign the assessment to your class.

*Note: *You must individually open independent practice for each of your Albert classrooms.

## How do I know if a subject is open for independent practice?

When you create a class, all subjects are *closed *for independent practice. You must opt-in to opening a subject for independent practice.

To check which subjects are open for independent practice, follow these steps.

Click on the

**Classes**tab.Click on one of your classes.

Click on the

**Class Subjects**sub-tab.Click on the filter

**Independent practice.**

If you have subjects that are open for independent practice, they will be listed on this tab. If no subjects are open for independent practice, no subjects will be listed, and you’ll see a message “Students can only practice on questions you've assigned to them.”

## Should I open or close independent practice?

If you’re not sure whether to open or close independent practice, here are some ways teachers have used opened and closed practice.

### Why should I open independent practice?

Many teachers use Albert to provide supplementary practice for their students, but don’t want to spend time creating assignments. With just a few clicks, teachers can open access to independent practice, so their students can immediately have access to hundreds of practice questions and answers.

### Why should I close independent practice?

Other teachers want to use Albert to create formative assessments or graded assignments. These teachers might want to close independent practice so that students can only practice and view answers to questions that they’ve been assigned.