In an era of instant gratification, you may be tempted to rush to the local pharmacy and purchase a prescription.
But as a teacher, you’ll need to consider how you can ensure your students are given the opportunity to understand the science behind the exam.
Here are five tips to help you understand the exam and the real meaning of your grade.1.
Understand the ‘e’ in questionThe English version of the Physical Science exam asks students to demonstrate their ability to work in groups.
The exam includes a question to ‘e-mail’, which is intended to test students’ ability to identify the ‘big picture’ of a problem.
For a physical science test, it is common for a student to be asked to write down what he or she has learnt.
This ‘e’-mail will help you know how well the student has written down what they have learnt, and will help in later tests.
The question for a ‘e mail’ question is ‘which of the following could be the result of your action?’
This question will be answered by a person called ‘The e-mailer’, who is usually a student in a classroom or lab.
When the e-mails are sent to students, students must choose which of the e‑mails they wish to send back.
The e-message must be sent at least 15 minutes before the end of the exam, and must be accompanied by a ‘satisfactory’ grade.
The e mailer then has 30 minutes to answer any questions students may have about the material they have received.
Students who fail the e mail question will receive an ‘e’, indicating that they have failed the question.
Students may receive a ‘D’ for ‘difficult’ if they answer the email in a way that does not allow them to recognise that the answer is a question and not a sentence.
This may be a result of students being unable to read a sentence and, more commonly, students failing the question because they do not have a sense of grammar.
Students also receive an e-email when they have not completed all questions, and can receive an E-mail when they fail the question but then correctly answer the question again.2.
Know the difference between ‘difficulty’ and ‘differences’A student can receive a D- or a D+ for a question that is ‘differs’ from what they were taught in the classroom, or a C- or an E for a questions that are ‘differments’.
The difference can be minor, or it can be very significant.
This is because the ‘difference’ is based on a test question, which is usually one of the easiest or most important questions in the exam (although students may receive multiple errors, which will be dealt with in a future post).
Students who receive a difference can receive the grade of ‘D+’ or ‘D’, whichever is lower, based on the ‘quality’ of the difference.
If they received a difference, they can receive either an E or an A, depending on how much they did not understand what was being said.
Students who receive an A can receive grade A for an error that was not caused by the test question.3.
Make sure you ask questions that aren’t about your examIn a perfect world, every student will know exactly what questions they will get on the exam; this is what the ‘test is about’.
However, this is not the case in reality.
For some students, the exam is just one part of a wider course, or that students may take in their own time.
The English version has a question called ‘how to improve your understanding of the material’, which asks students ‘how you can learn more about this subject’.
In the test, the ‘what is knowledge’ question asks students if they understand that the material is about ‘knowledge’, or ‘how do you know that?’
This ‘knowledge’ question may be asked before or after the question to determine if students understand that it is about knowledge.
A student who has not completed the ‘knowledge question’ may receive an F for ‘failure to grasp the concept of ‘knowledge’.4.
Avoid ‘bad questions’It’s easy to get bogged down in questions that you are not prepared for, but it is also easy to make mistakes on the way to the exam!
For example, you might be tempted by the question ‘Which of the two images in this diagram are you seeing?’
This is a tricky question to answer correctly because there are two different images in the image.
You can only answer this question by knowing the difference: you can only understand the difference by using the image to answer the ‘how’ question.
The same question may also be asked ‘Which image in this picture are you viewing?’
This may lead to a student who is struggling to understand what the difference is between a picture of a man and a woman.
This question can be a great way to get stuck in.5.
Know that it’s not always about the questionsThe