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Heather: Perhaps you have already done this but, the first thought to
enter my mind was 'have you sat down with him and the actual test and have
him show you how he takes the test?' That could be very informative.

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
1-412-648-7920

On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, Heather Newburg wrote:

> What suggestions can I give to a student who is struggling with only one
> of his courses?  I have run out of "answers."  Here's the situation.
>
> John is passing all of his engineering and math courses, but no matter
> how much he studies, he cannot pass any of his tests in his Principles of
> Management or his Psychology 101 course.  The tests are multiple choice and
> essay in the management course and multiple choice in the psych course.
> He understands the material; when he studies with others for management, he
> helps them understand the various concepts, but does poorly on the exams
> while his study partners pass w/ B's.  His study partners tell him that
> they wish they had his study habits and dedication.  When John meets with
> his psych tutor, she says he knows the material but when it comes to the
> tests, he just doesn't do well.  (John is repeating Psych 101.)
>
> John uses notecards.  He attends class, takes notes, reads the textbook,
> and combines notes from lecture and text.  He studies the subject daily.  He
> studies with others to ensure that his notes are complete and clear.  He can
> recite back information, but when it comes to the testing situation, he does
> not remember (or perhaps know) the material.  He has not been tested for a
> disability, although he does not believe that is the issue.  We've talked
> about test anxiety, but he says he feels relaxed and confident when he
> walks in to take the test.  We've talked about test taking
> techniques...he's doing what he should be.
>
> What other suggestions can I make that I may be forgetting?  Thanks in
> advance for your help!
>
> Heather Newburg
> Learning Center Director
> Lake Superior State University
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