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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
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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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