Use of Exit Slips, Cards, Tickets

Exit slips are written responses from students to questions posed by professors at the end of a class or course. Teachers can easily test students' grasp of the topic using these informal assessments.

Exit Slips

Designing an Exit Ticket

A good exit ticket ties back to the lesson's goal, emphasising on one specific skill or topic that students should have grasped that day. Exit tickets may include multiple-choice, short-answer, or even two-sentence responses to questions.

How to make Exit Slip

Create: At the end of the lesson, decide what you want to know about the students' learning.

On the Exit Ticket, write a question or an issue, or post the query or problem for others to see.

Collect: Allow pupils a certain amount of time to complete the Exit Ticket.

Clarify: 3-2-1 Exit Slip

The 3-2-1 exit slip strategy is a simple format for summarising one's learning:

      Students write three things they learned in today's class on a piece of paper.
      The students then write two things they like about the lesson or two fascinating facts about it.
      Finally, students should submit one question concerning the lesson that they still have.

3-2-1 Reflection

3-2-1 is a reflection approach that gives pupils a structure to synthesise, organise, and integrate what they've learned. When asked to explain what they learnt, students are frequently stumped as to where to begin. The strategy can be used as a ticket to enter or exit.

Types of exit slips

Fisher & Frey (2004) reported that three categories of exit slips or prompts can be used:

  • Prompts for documenting learning
  • Example: Write one thing you learned today.

    Example: Discuss how today's lesson could be used in the real world.

  • Prompts for emphasising the learning process
  • Example: I didn't understand.

    Example: Write one question you have about today's lesson.

  • Prompts for assessing the effectiveness of education
  • Example: Did you enjoy working in small groups today?


  • Students use the Exit Slip technique to help them digest new concepts, reflect on what they've learned, and communicate their thoughts about what they've learned.
  • This technique encourages students to reply to a teacher-provided prompt and is a simple way to incorporate writing into a variety of subject areas.

Reason to use of Exit Slips

  • They give teachers a quick indication of how well pupils have grasped a concept or lesson.
  • They assist pupils in reflecting on their experiences.
  • They give pupils the opportunity to say what they're thinking about new material and how they're thinking about it.
  • They instil critical thinking skills in students.

Exit Card

Exit cards are a plenary exercise in which students are invited to scribble down information as they leave the course or classroom, usually to keep track of something new they have learned. This could be anything as simple as a sticky note, or it could be a dedicated resource.

Exit Ticket Ideas for Classroom

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Practice reading strategies
  • Growth mindset
  • Reading skills
  • Writing opinions
  • Create guided groups
  • Figurative language
  • Student-centered learning
  • Use higher order thinking/critical thinking
  • Practice finding evidence

Use of Exit Tickets

  • You can give your students the prompt or project it on an overhead or blackboard.
  • Distribute 3 x 5 cards to pupils so they can jot down their responses.
  • Examine the exit slips to see if any changes to your instruction are necessary to better meet the requirements of all of your students.
  • Collect exit slips as part of each student's assignment portfolio.