Proposal Title

How Much Can We Tell About Students' Overall Performance After the First Exam?

Proposal Abstract

As an instructor you witness some students did not do well in the first exam but performed very well at the end and get an A overall. Very often you saw the opposite; meaning some performed really well at first but ended up having a C or D in your class. It is interesting to see if there is any relationship between the first test and the overall performance of students. The findings of this paper will have an important application for instructors in deciding whether we want to give a harder exam at the beginning so that only serious students will stay and work harder and as a result higher overall performance or the opposite way, an easier exam which will allow students to have more time to get into the major concepts of the course and be ready for the tests at the end.

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Rooms 113 & 115

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Presentation (Open Access)

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How Much Can We Tell About Students' Overall Performance After the First Exam?

Rooms 113 & 115

As an instructor you witness some students did not do well in the first exam but performed very well at the end and get an A overall. Very often you saw the opposite; meaning some performed really well at first but ended up having a C or D in your class. It is interesting to see if there is any relationship between the first test and the overall performance of students. The findings of this paper will have an important application for instructors in deciding whether we want to give a harder exam at the beginning so that only serious students will stay and work harder and as a result higher overall performance or the opposite way, an easier exam which will allow students to have more time to get into the major concepts of the course and be ready for the tests at the end.