As I discussed in class yesterday, some students decided to take up my offer of test insurance. If you don’t remember, this means that if you spent 15 distraction-free minutes studying for the test and your parent or guardian verified this, you had the following possibilities:
- If your score was between 70 and 79, you had 10 points added.
- If your score is between 80 and 89, you had 5 points added.
In total, 17 people took up the offer. Of those:
- three students failed;
- two scored between 70 and 79, meaning that they got an extra ten points added;
- five scored between 80 and 89, meaning that they got an extra five points added; and
- seven scored between 90 and 100.
The averages for this test, which you can always check on this website, were lower than previous tests. Here are some interesting numbers:
- For all my students, the average was a 76.
- For “uninsured” students, the average was a 75.
- For “insured” students, the average was an 83.
What does this tell us?
No one can promise that you will see a big increase in your grades by studying. There are many things that can affect your grades, and studying is only one of them. But we know this for sure: distraction-free studying time doesn’t make things worse. We know that students who spend a little time looking at good information on the night before scored better than those who do not.
Let there be no doubt: This will be true of all of your classes. When school gets more difficult – and it will – remember that a few distraction-free sessions of 15 minutes can make your academic life a whole lot easier.