The Big Picture
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Put students in groups of two or three and assign them to write a test question for a specific topic, ensuring that all topics have been covered. Ask students to write their question on the board or on an overhead for discussion (would the professor ask this question?, what is the answer?, etc.) Students will have the benefit of learning to think like the teacher and they’ll be able to see additional questions that other students have written.
Ask each student to tell what he or she thought was the most important concept, idea or new information they learned during a particular lecture or even a session. “If you could only take one thing from the information present, what would it be?” Ask each student to offer a different “take home.” Students often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information they have to deal with and this technique helps them identify and organise the information presented.
As a group, summarise the lecture from the previous class. You may have to provide prompts for the students. For example, “The first concept discussed was Marketing, what did the lecturer highlight regarding this?” You may want to ask them to try summarising without looking at their notes; however, if they are having a difficult time remembering, tell them to refer to their notes.
Occasionally getting feedback from your groups can be very helpful. Ask them how they feel the session went. Were all of their questions answered? Did they feel comfortable during the session? Were there aspects of the session that could have been improved or done differently? What suggestions would they make for being able to cover more material or to cover it more thoroughly? They may have valuable ideas that you may be able to utilise in your next session.
This technique reviews the process of the learning that has taken place. It is important to cover how an answer was obtained rather than just making sure the answer was correct. This technique will insure that they will be able to satisfactorily complete more of the same type of problems in their homework or on a test.
This technique helps students prepare for new material, especially if it can be connected to information they have just mastered in the PASS session. Have students predict the next lecture topic. Encourage them to make connections between the last lecture and the next one.