Review with Exam Wrappers*
Strategy: Exam Wrappers direct students to review their performance (and the instructor’s feedback) on an exam to adapt future learning.
Time: Allot time for individual review and general discussion in the session after an exam
Materials: Returned exams
Questionnaire (“exam wrapper”) with three questions
- ✓ Students complete the questionnaire in the class session after the exam:
- How did you prepare for this exam?
- What kind of errors did you make?
- How will you study for the next exam?
- ✓ The “exam wrappers” are collected before the class session ends. The instructor may want to review students’ responses to gain insight into students’ learning and see if there are patterns.
- ✓ When students should begin studying for the next exam, the instructor returns the completed exam wrappers.
- ✓ The cycle is repeated with each exam, with guidance on preparation, based on the results of the “exam wrappers”:
- a. When did you study? Did you start at least five days before the test?
- b. What study strategies were used? How did you:
- i. Review notes and their explanations?
- ii. Solve practice problems?
- iii. Re-read the textbook?
- c. The type of errors made (identify components):
- i. Did you read the question carefully?
- ii. Did you set up the problem correctly?
- iii. What concepts involved did you understand? Not understand?
- iv. Where did you make mistakes?
- v. What patterns do you observe?
* Adapted from Lovett, 2013