Test Checklist

发布于:2021-06-14 16:25:57

Chemical Engineering Education, 33(2), 136-137 (1999)

MEMO TO STUDENTS WHO ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH THEIR LAST TEST GRADE Richard M. Felder North Carolina State University Dear student, Many of you have told your instructor that you understood the course material much better than your last test grade showed, and some of you asked what you should do to keep the same thing from happening on the next test. Let me ask you some questions about how you prepared for the test. Answer them as honestly as you can. If you answer "No" to many of them, your disappointing test grade should not be too surprising. If there are still a lot of "No"s after the next test, your disappointing grade on that test should be even less surprising. If your answer to most of these questions is "Yes" and you still got a poor grade, something else must be going on. It might be a good idea for you to meet with your instructor or a counselor to see if you can figure out what it is. You'll notice that several of the questions presume that you're working with classmates on the homework--either comparing solutions you first obtained individually or actually getting together to work out the solutions. Either approach is fine. In fact, if you've been working entirely by yourself and your test grades are unsatisfactory, I would strongly encourage you to find one or two homework and study partners to work with before the next test. (Be careful about the second approach, however; if what you're doing is mainly watching others work out solutions you're probably doing yourself more harm than good.) The question "How should I prepare for the test" becomes easy once you've filled out the checklist. The answer is... Do whatever it takes to be able to answer “Yes” to most of the questions. Good luck, Richard Felder

Chemical Engineering Education, 33(2), 136-137 (1999)

Test Preparation Checklist
Answer "Yes" only if you usually did the things described (as opposed to occasionally or never). Homework __ __ 1. Did you make a serious effort to understand the text? (Just hunting for relevant worked-out Yes No examples doesn't count.) __ __ 2. Did you work with classmates on homework problems, or at least check your solutions with Yes No others? __ __ 3. Did you attempt to outline every homework problem solution before working with classmates? Yes No __ __ 4. Did you participate actively in homework group discussions (contributing ideas, asking Yes No questions)? __ __ 5. Did you consult with the instructor or teaching assistants when you were having trouble with Yes No something? __ __ 6. Did you understand ALL of your homework problem solutions when they were handed in? Yes No __ __ 7. Did you ask in class for explanations of homework problem solutions that weren't clear to you? Yes No Test preparation __ __ Yes No __ __ Yes No 8. If you had a study guide, did you carefully go through it before the test and convince yourself that you could do everything on it? 9. Did you attempt to outline lots of problem solutions quickly, without spending time on the algebra and calculations?

__ __ 10. Did you go over the study guide and problems with classmates and quiz one another? Yes No __ __ 11. If there was a review session before the test, did you attend it and ask questions about anything Yes No you weren't sure about? __ __ 12. Did you get a reasonable night's sleep before the test? (If your answer is no, your answers to 1Yes No 11 may not matter.)

__ __ Yes No


The more "Yes" responses you recorded, the better your preparation for the test. If you recorded two or more "No" responses, think seriously about making some changes in how you prepare for the next test.