Retrieval Practice Self-Study Learning outcome #3

Tactics

  1. Self-Testing (Math)
  2. Group-Quizzing(Econ Quiz)
  3. Flash Cards (Econ Test)

Self-Testing:

I have a math test in a week and while I am comfortable with the material presented, I want to make sure I’ll do well. Starting today, I am going to work on the practice problems in the back of the book for at least thirty minutes each day. Obviously this will not last me a full week, but there are PAL sessions on Monday and Wednesday that I can visit to pick up extra practice sheets. In addition to that, there are also review problems/tests online that I can tackle. Finally, because the first test did not go well, I have been going to a tutor once for an hour every week so that I can boost my chances of success.

Group-Quizzing

There is an economics quiz approaching, and this is one of my weakest classes. Last semester I tried to study on my own but apparently could not grasp the material. For this quiz, I’ve “recruited” three students in my hall that got A’s in last semester’s economics class to help me learn the material. We plan to meet for 45 minutes on three different days this week. The goal of these meetings is to give us a chance to “teach” each other the material. Because I have the lowest grade in the class, I get to have the first chance to speak to everyone. Once I finish with my “lecture”, then they have the chance to ask questions and inform me of what I misunderstood.

Notes from one of the sessions

Flash Cards

My second economics test (out of four) is coming up in a week, and because this chapter has a lot of terms and formulas, I want to try using flash cards for this test. I never really used them in high school, but feel like I ought to try it. I’m only going to study for 35 minutes each day, so as to avoid me zoning out mid-study and not truly retaining the material. Any longer at one time and I feel like I may not truly hold onto what I’m studying. Plus, I’ll be doing the assigned homework for class, and since those take around 30ish minutes on their own, I’ll be doing over an hour a day, which should be plenty of time.

Results

Self-Testing

On the first test of the semester, I got a 55.5. On this test, I scored a 77. While it isn’t a great grade, it is still a huge improvement from the first test. Going over the problems helped me see how to apply what I see in class. While lectures are important, what I don’t get to do in class is actually complete practice problems because of time constraints. I did not attempt any extra problems outside of class before the first test, and I think that was a huge mistake. While it was not fun to do, spending time on those extra assignments helped significantly, and I plan to continue this strategy for math classes.

Grading Chart from Math Test

Group Quizzing

I got a 95% on my first quiz, but that was a very easy quiz that mainly covered the syllabus. This was the second quiz, where we actually had to prove that we understood what was presented to us. I scored 82%, which I’m comfortable with. The process of group-quizzing seemed awkward at first, but actually really helped, I think.

Flash Cards

My first test was a 67, but my grade on the second test was a much more painful 51. I’m not sure if it was the flash cards themselves that did not work or if I just picked a bad test to use them on, but I definitely will be sticking to tutoring or other methods from now on when it comes to economics.

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