My worst fears for the final exam were not realized. The performance train smash of the first tests did not recur. Faced with an exam worth 20% of the final mark, the students really worked hard and many did outstandingly well. Some of the improvements across the semester were staggering. I bet many of the students are now wondering what all the fuss was about. And I hope more than a few are thinking, ‘yes, he was right – we learn from tests’. The best comment:
The first test I took for this class I would have never imagined on ever getting an A. I remember you saying at the beginning of the semester, the questions won’t get easier but you will get better. And you were right.
Anyhow, the break down:
Final ‘Take home’ test: A: 32; A-, 7; B+, 6; B, 7; B-, 1; C+, 2; C, 4; D, 1; Fail, 7 (including six no-shows).
Which means for the grades overall:
A: 24; A-, 19; B+, 10; B, 2; B-, 2; C+, 2; C, 2; D, 1; Fail, 4; Withdrawn, 2.