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Besides just test taking techniques, nursing students
need to refer back to their Learning Objectives, which
are VERY detailed. This is where the test questions
come from and the ONLY place that they can come from.
Students frequently ignore these in studying, instead
of using them as a framework. So they need to learn
howtostudy nursing.

Secondly, our second semester of nursing dramatically
changes the testing format. Now the majority of
questions are scenarios.  Again students must change
their studying processes for this kind of test. They
will have to work up their own scenarios and/or put
their notes into context, because this is how they
will be tested.  Furthermore, there may be more
information in the scenarios than they need to use to
answer the questions. They will need to sort out the
"fluff".

In other words, the questions are APPLICATION ones.

Also,if the nursing students are studying in groups, I
have them come for tutoring as a group. I also review
their tests with them in this study group, because
frequently one may have the correct answer and needs
to explain this to the others. This builds the
strength of the team, when one student is stronger in
one topic than another.

Note: our nursing exams are built by EIGHT instructors
- all in one exam.

Lucy
--- Maureen Connolly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I will concur with what others have said since I
> also work with a number of
> nursing students each semester.  The "best sell" is
> when a student modifies
> behavior by marking the test, gets a better
> grade(usually much better), and
> brags to other students.  The succes story helps
> business and converts the
> non-believers!!
>
> Maureen Connolly
> Elmhurst College
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Esther Rosenstock" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 4:36 PM
> Subject: Re: research on marking on tests
>
>
> > Sharon,
> > I, too, work with at least a dozen nursing
> students each semester who were
> =
> > referred to me by their instructors.  We go
> through the same procedures =
> > that Sue does.  We also look at their old tests to
> see what mistakes they
> =
> > made.  Generally, they need to have a system to
> play the test.  And they =
> > must practice this system so that they will not
> revert to old habits in a
> =
> > testing situation.
> > Esther Rosenstock
> > Villa Julie College
> > Director of Developmental Studies
> > Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, Maryland 21153
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> > >>> [log in to unmask] 11/24/03 05:16PM >>>
> > Sharon, although I have no statistical evidence to
> buttress these
> > comments, each semester I work with about a dozen
> nursing students who
> > are referred to me by their instructors for
> individualized help in
> > improving test scores. As we review their tests
> question by question, I
> > mark key words in stems and options to illustrate
> what their focus of
> > attention should be. By the end of the hour-long
> sessions, the light
> > usually has dawned, and students are saying, "Let
> me mark this one."
> > They feel, as do I, that the critical reading
> process on these
> > case-study applications is facilitated by marking
> on the tests. I think
> > it's crucial, though, that they have someone model
> what to mark and
> > articulate the thinking process that underlies the
> marking.
> >
> > Sue Wickham
> > Academic Achievement Center
> > 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
> > Ankeny, IA 50021
> > 515-965-7000
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Sharon Juenemann [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 2:44 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: research on marking on tests
> >
> > Hello all,
> > A faculty member I work with is looking for some
> research on allowing
> > students to mark on tests (underlining key words,
> etc).  Currently, her
> > department (Nursing) does not allow students to
> mark on tests in order
> > to prepare them for their state exams, which are
> all computerized and do
> > not allow for marking.  The department is
> considering a change, in light
> > of the fact that all the study skills material the
> students are exposed
> > to advocate underlining key words.  Does anyone
> know of any actual
> > research on marking on tests?
> >
> > Thanks so much,
> > Sharon
> >
> > Sharon Juenemann
> > Learning Skills Specialist
> > Mt. Hood Community College
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Lucy Tribble MacDonald
Emeritus Faculty
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) Coordinator
Chemeketa Community College
4717 Antelope NE
Salem, OR 97305
503-390-6376
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