Help Students Pay Attention to Test Details
Students lose SO many exam points because they just don’t read the directions and pay attention to details. On the first exam, they usually discover this … but they don’t REMEMBER it for the other exams.
This is a very simple exercise that takes about 1 minute at the beginning of the test.
Just have the students repeat after you:
I promise … to read all the directions … for all the problems on the exam …
And if I finish early, … I promise … to RE-read all the directions … to make sure I haven’t missed some detail … or forgotten to come back to some question I skipped.
I understand that … it is not important to finish quickly … it IS important to demonstrate what I know … and once the points have been lost … the points cannot be regained.
Believe it or not, this results in a remarkable number of students that stay until the bitter end, making sure that they have been careful and answered every question completely.