For most of you, I was pleased with your efforts to meet the requirements of the review!! I acknowledge the fact that I gave you little forewarning of the assignment, and a limited amount of time to prepare together in class. Despite those obstacles, most of you completed the assignment and presented in front of your peers, and for those people, that speaks to your character as a student. For those students who did not participate in the first exam review assignment, I highly encourage you to participate in the remaining sessions. To acknowledge your improved efforts, if you receive a passing grade for the Exam 2 & 3 reviews, you may elect to present a review for the Final Exam on the last day of Seminar, the grade for which will replace your Exam 1 review grade.

On the whole, as we move forward through the semester I would ask that you all attempt to see the Review Sessions as more than a way to cover lecture material to prepare for the exam.

Many a Splendid Thing:

  • Presenting is an external opportunity to process the lecture material by verbalizing your understanding.
  • Presenting in the review sessions gives your more practice and experience to perform well at the Symposium, and in other presentations during your college career.
  • Presenting, in and of itself, is a broadly applicable professional skill, as well as managing group logistics and dynamics.
  • It is a chance for the more versed students to convey their command of the material and in turn, learn the material better themselves by explaining and teaching other students. In turn, it is a chance for the less versed students to immerse themselves in the most significant material in a different context and highlight the areas they need to focus on for the exam.

Grading Rubric for Exam 1 Review: (FYI - the bar will be raised moving forward through the semester)
Listed by criteria and point value

  • Baseline for participation in assignment (4 pts)
  • Created a slide (1.5 pts)
  • Covered appropriate material (1.5 pts)
  • Submitted slides on time (1.5 pts)
  • Presented in class (1.5 pts)
    • Though if you were entirely absent from the review session, the highest total point value you may receive is a 7