San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.109.1 - 25.109.9
A Success Enhancement Program after the First Test in Freshman EngineeringThe first test in a first-semester freshman engineering class can be difficult for many students. Itis often the first test they will have in college, and for some of them it will be the lowest testscore they have earned in their life. In order to help students in the adjustment to college, asuccess enhancement program is offered after the first test. Students are able to earn back aportion of the points they missed on the first exam based on completing certain tasks. For higherscoring students, 40% of the missed points can be earned by reworking the problems that weremissed, indicating why the points were missed (e.g. math error, did not understand the problem,careless mistake, ran out of time), and what actions will be taken to avoid the same mistake onfuture exams. A variety of things have been tried with lower scoring students. These haveincluded attending extra help sessions, meeting with an advisor or instructor, developing a studyschedule, and working extra math problems. Recently, the requirement for lower scoringstudents has been to retake the exam, with 75% of the difference between the two scores beingan adjustment to the original score. This paper describes the program in detail, examines theparticipation in this optional program, and examines the effect of the program on the overallcourse grade.
Bennett, R. M., & Schleter, W., & Raman, D. R. (2012, June), A Success Enhancement Program after the First Test in Freshman Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20869
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