Biology Parents, one of the reasons my students do so well is that most questions on my tests are not multiple choice. They are mainly short answer essay questions. Students must answer short essay questions in complete sentences and give a complete answer that demonstrates a full understanding of the concepts. It is often hard for students to express scientific ideas in a coherent and complete manner. It is a skill that needs to be developed like any other. If you hold your student to a high standard, namely the standard displayed in the answer key, you will be surprised at how much they will improve in this very important area.
The following are parent resources for the Biology free trial. The parent resources for the full course include the answer keys to my tests assigned every two modules.
Quizzes need to be taken closed-book. I time my students and give them no more than 10 minutes (usually only 5 minutes) to complete each quiz. This helps them develop time management skills that will be useful in college science courses. Each quiz is scheduled for a week after we cover the material. The review helps with retention of the material.
Tests should be taken open book which means students can use their textbook, lecture notes, quizzes, labs and Solution Manual to help them. They cannot get help from another person or the Internet. Because the tests are open book, they are challenging. Tests are scheduled about every month. Having to go back and review previous material helps with retention. I do not have my students take the Apologia tests that come with the textbook, but they would be good practice for any student that took them after every Module. Apologia tests should be taken closed-book.
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