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 > [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] Heather, Hmmmmm.....Sounds like John is doing all the right "stuff". A couple of questions... What's his major? How is he evaluated in his Math and Engineering classes? Does his preparation for Math/Engineering differ from Management/Psych? How open are his professors to alternative evaluation methods, i.e. oral exams, papers, etc.? Is he going to be evaluated for a disability? What are John's perception of Management and Psychology vs. Math and Engineering, i.e. importance, relevence to his major/career? A question for John... If one of your friends were having this "problem", what would you guess the cause to be?