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Abstract Title: Cognitive wrappers: Learning how to learn physics
Abstract: Cognitive exam wrappers are tools that focus on using metacognition and reflection skills to motivate students to analyze the factors that contribute to their performance on exams and plan strategies that will strengthen their study habits to improve their exam performance. Cognitive wrappers, utilized here in an introductory physics for the life sciences (IPLS) course, ask students to reflect on the following: 1) the amount of time they invested in preparing for an exam, 2) the root causes of errors made on the exam, 3) study habits that students feel positively impacted their preparation, and 4) strategies that students are willing to implement to improve their performance.   Students also have the opportunity to provide suggestions to the instructor that they think will help improve their learning.  In this work we report on the study habits that students employ to prepare for a physics exam, self-reported root-causes of mistakes on exams, and strategies that students are willing to try to improve their performance. In addition, we will report on the insight the instructor has gained to build a deeper understanding of the student population in this IPLS course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patricia Soto
Creighton University
Physics Department
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: 402-280-3361
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gintaras K. Duda, Creighton University
Alexis Munchrath, Creighton University