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EDUCATION ‘Aaj Kal’! Some techniques to test students, who stand where!

Google is there, so why read books? , That’s the thought process of 50% students in today’s scenario. They take the power point slides of the professor and the study material from Google and prepare for their exams.

This gives superficial knowledge to them. If you ask them about the same topic five years from now, they would be blank.

Parents are happy wow my ‘beta’ got 90%, he is so brilliant’ but, the fact is that it’s the teacher community who knows the fact, who is who.

Just consider a case, we give project to a group of 10 students, then its only one or two students who are working on that project, rest 8 students are waiting for the ‘Paki Kheer’ to eat and get marks. They will keep on ringing the two students and asking, “Is the PPT ready? Should we come to your place and understand our part of the presentation?

Now my questions is that when the presentation starts, is it justified to give 90% to all the students if they are speaking good and presenting well? Is awarding 90% to the rest 8 students justified with those 2 students who worked day and night and prepared the presentation for the rest 8 students?

It’s a real tough task for the teacher to find out the ‘maker of the presentation’ and here comes the role of a true teacher to ask questions from them and find out, have they really contributed in the presentation.

I normally give very few days, let’s say 3 days to prepare the presentation and ask for the submission after 3 days. There we have a true litmus test on the students, as those who were regular and were mentally present in the class and focused on the lecture and not on ‘Whatapp’, will answer all the questions in the jury and rest will be struck and prove themselves that they have not contributed in the project at all.

Ditto happens in assignment submission also, one student does all, and the rest copy thenotes of the original student. I apply yet another technique in assignments; it’s called ‘OPEN BOOK TEST’.

In this technique I give 2 to 3 hours tutorial sessions to the students, where they are given the topic for the test in advance. Let’s say one week earlier, I give them a date of the ‘Open Book Test’. I give them the leverage to bring books, notes, visit library and bring books from the library, if they were absent due to medical reasons, and answer the questions given by me. In this test they are NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO OTHER STUDENTS in the class otherwise I consider it as a cheating case. They are given the list of good ornamental books, course books and name of authors in advance. They are given extra marks if they draw diagrams, flowcharts, enlist cases and examples.

Thus they have to indirectly read the books, understand the topic which were taught and then answer the question, which will, act as their notes, in future. The same piece of work done in the ‘Open Book Test’ is collected and considered as an assignment and evaluated for the assignment column of marks. Thus my aim is to make them develop their notes and focus them on self study. In parallel, I take their work as an assignment for correction and correct it, if they went wrong anywhere. Finally, I evaluate the piece of work, and award marks for ‘assignments’ and return that to the students so that they can use it in exam time.

Advantages of ‘Open Book Test’

Advantage of this technique is that it prevent the nowadays behavior of ‘Cut Copy Paste’ of the student community from Google and cheating or copying of assignment from the brightest students.

Justified marks are given to all the students and it gives a clear picture to the teacher that which student stands where in the subject knowledge.

Moreover, this gives the students an exposure to the books, they study for three hours and try to understand the topic and write their answers and realize that they have to fight their battle themselves in life. Moreover they enjoy as it’s a better test than a ‘class test’ where they always have an intention to cheat, peep and ask because they don’t have books to refer.

Trust me, students enjoy ‘OPEN BOOK TEST’ a lot as they have then books in hand, time in hand and they are happy that they are not supposed to go home, tired and then ask and call for assignments from the brightest student. They find themselves self reliant and very confident once they submit the assignment, as there is no burden called as ‘homework’ in their home time.

The play way methods are the best ways of teaching and bringing the student community on self study and make them realize that studying is fun and not a burden!

Published on: 05/04/2015