Thursday, December 1, 2016

Preparing Your Students for Final Exams

Taken from: Darrell G. Fontane, CSU

“Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.” —C. C. Colton

Final Exams are stressful to make, to give, to take, and to grade—not to mention, a critical element in the evaluation of students. Typically comprehensive, they carry more weight than mid-terms and other tests given throughout they semester, and provide that “final” opportunity for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

But, as pointed out in Final Exam, an article in UC-Berkeley’s New Faculty Teaching Newsletter, students often complain that “final exams do not always test the kinds of knowledge…asked for in homework or quizzes or presented in lectures” (Tollefson, 2007). Whether this complaint is valid or not, it is important that we devote our best effort to creating good final exams. Read More...