Exam Examination

Time required: Short-Medium

Grading: Not required but helpful

Disciplines: any 

Why: To support writing and reflection on test-taking strategies

What to Do: 

After your return an exam to students, have them review a number of their answers and and explain them.

How: 

  • Students review exam results, preferably for a comprehensive exam – not a quiz.
  • Ask them to select a combination of correct and incorrect answers – maybe one of each?
    • The number of incorrect answers to be addressed may depend on the type of exam, how well the class as a whole did, or your focus.
  • For correct answers, have students explain how they were able to get the correct answer. Be very clear about your expectations.  For example,
    • Was a particular resource helpful?
    • Did a particular study strategy work well?
    • What have they learned that they can use for future exams?
  • For incorrect answers, have students provide the correct answer or describe how their answer went astray.  Be very clear about your expectations.  For example,
    • Do they need to support the correction from the readings?
    • If an essay question, can they just identify the missing elements?
    • For answers that required a process, can they describe the steps accurately?
    • What have they learned that they can use for future exams?
  • The exam journal can be graded separately.

Variations: 

  • You can focus on a question the most students missed and require it. 
  • Consider allowing students to regain a portion of lost points. 

For more tips visit Writing Resources for LCC Faculty