You know, have you tried an open book test? If you haven't, I might stop and do a couple of those and see if it helps her get what the text author is doing as he takes a student through the text, study materials, and test. Maybe I'm lax, but I don't consider it a lot different than some of the spoon-feeding-test-prep sessions I've seen in public schools.cappy wrote:We are new to MFW this year, and are overall enjoying it very much. I have one doing AHL and one doing US1.
AHL gal is coming along well.
My 11th grader (who has historically been the better student!) is struggling a bit. She is a big reader and writer, and our curriculum up to this year has played into that strength. No testing, lots of written narration, etc. The workload from day to day is actually a good bit lighter than she's used to, but the information processing is just not coming along well. She is struggling with mostly the history tests and chemistry tests. I wasn't too worried at first, since this is her first year doing this type of assessment.
Actually, the chemistry is much better, and we feel pretty good about that. I think she's finally learned how to study for that (with the detailed study guides).
But for history, she's still having a tough, tough time. She is reviewing the chapter/section reviews/quizzes (can't remember what they call them). But she can't find the "connect" of how to really determine what info will be tested. She is on week 12. Does anyone have a suggestion as far as how to study?
I've also allowed my students to correct wrong answers for half credit, or sometimes even just discuss why the student answered the way he did, for more credit, possibly allowing her the option of finding the correct answer in the book. Even discussing the other multiple choice options was often educational at my house, resulting in giving back credit. And there's always extra credit - my public-schooled son did a lot of extra credit and he still excelled in college. Oh, and was there a note in one of the parent answer keys about dropping a test question at parent discretion, if you decide it wasn't an area of emphasis at your house -- or maybe I'm wrong, maybe that was in one of the other courses like economics?
Another suggestion for truly figuring out what's going on would be for a parent to look up the wrong answers in the text and find out where they were taught, evaluate how well they were taught, etc.
Just a few ideas. Hopefully other high school families will have a chance to share their experiences.