Have you given an exam in a course recently? Perhaps a midterm that you are in the process of grading? If so, then this week’s edition of Magna Mondays is for you! We chose the 20-Minute Mentor “How Can Post-Exam Reviews Become a Powerful Teaching Strategy?” presented by Dr. Maria Marconi. You can access the video in 20-Minute Mentor Commons in the Chapman University Magna Campus. Dr. Marconi’s presentation has a special focus on standardized tests in health sciences programs, but the teaching strategies that she shares are universally relevant.
Why is it worth spending valuable class time on a post-exam review?
Spending a full class period or a portion of a class period after an exam to review the exam with students can benefit both students and instructors in multiple ways. Some of the benefits of post-exam reviews include:
- Promoting metacognition (students have an opportunity to think about their learning)
- Providing formative and summative feedback
- Exploring troublesome concepts/questions in greater depth
- Reducing test taking anxiety for future exams
- Reinforcing effective test taking strategies
How can I implement post-exam reviews in my class?
Dr. Marconi shares the following valuable tips:
- Design post-exam reviews as an active learning strategy. One way to do this is to identify a few concepts that most or all students struggled with on the exam. During the post-exam review, spend some time on those concepts, then use Poll Everywhere or Kahoot! to present students with a few new questions that are similar to the ones that they struggled with on the exam. Watch your students apply what they have learned!
- Build time for post-exam reviews into your course design and your syllabus.
- Anticipate review content by identifying concepts that have been consistently challenging for students in the past.
Overall, while it may be tempting to skip the post-exam review in order to move on to new content, Dr. Marconi warns that by doing so, you could be missing a powerful teaching moment.
Do you have post-exam review strategies to share? We’d love to hear them! (email@example.com)
Wishing you a wonderful week!