I constantly hear students saying that they made a silly mistake or that they didn’t read the question carefully. To me, these are excuses. We don’t know the material well enough, make a mistake because of it and then try to get ourselves off the hook by saying it was just a silly mistake and really we do know the material.
In light of this, last week I gave a presentation to my department about Cognitive Load Theory and specifically how it relates to student error in exams. They seemed to enjoy it and I was asked to give a session to Y11-13 in the run up to their exams. I’ve attached the slides here which you are welcome to use.
I am no expert in the field so please bear the below in mind when using:
- This is not a scientific treatise. It is an over-simplification aimed at conveying a fairly simple message to exam classes.
- Any constructive feedback is welcome.
- My notes are in the notes on the slides.
- I tried to keep the ppt as generic as possible, obviously I delivered it in my particular style
- It’s a powerpoint. Get over it.
There are some extra reading links at the end and there’s always more stuff here if you’re interested.