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Cruising thrugh Life



Quizzes ought to be short term. They covered the material in most recent memory. I had a college advisor named Dr. Wright and he was department chair in the Psychology Department. In one of the courses he taught he had a quiz a week. Almost the opposite of 99% of other classes. However there was no slacking off and cram later. You had to read and stay current in your work or you would literally become lost and look like it. In college being lost amongst your peers was the one step this side of death. So you read and kept up.

Quizzes are to remind students what they are here for and to give them as immediate feed back on recent content as possible. In my classes all the quizzes were less then 15 questions, often 8 - 10 and covered main ideas. Little to no detail, and almost never minutiae. All quizzes were graded in one day and returned immediately the next. Students never waited long for the feed back. And once graded the scores were immediately recorded in their Data Sheet by them.


The goal is to have students learn and to learn how to learn. As much as I hate to say it; a good part of learning is repetition. I remember some studies saying close to 100 repetitions to learn a new word. So to encourage repetition and to encourage students completing their class work and homework assignments, I also encouraged them to use their notes on any tests we have. They were all excited to be able to have these "cheat sheets" in making their lives easier. The first step was to get students to use them. First qtr on each year students could use all their work. Second quarter they could use 3 sheets of standard notebook paper (front and back). Third quarter 2 sheets, and Fourth quarter 1 sheet.

I've had students copy the entire chapter out of the book as their notes for the first quarter. Mostly that method didn't earn them an A as they couldn't really find what they needed in the hour to take the test. The first student that tried that strategy earned a C on the test and was forever my story in discussing with the student's why that might have happened. As they learn more they begin to learn to summarize and paraphrase their work. They learn to outline and to put critical information on their paper, information they think will be on the test.

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