- An answer key with "best answers" given to the students
- Students meet in preassigned groups to compare their answers. Those with correct answers take on a teaching role, explaining why theirs is a better response.
- At the start of the next class, Aldrich administers a 5-question multiple-choice quiz covering the questions most frequently missed.
- A cumulative final exam.
Instead of glancing at the grade and stuffing the test into their folders, Aldrich's students use the test as a learning tool. It becomes necessary to review one's progress in order to improve at the next stage.
My literature courses aren't heavily test-based. I give 2 or 3 exams, including the final. What are your thoughts on cumulative finals in literature courses? Would they encourage students to build on their previous progress? Or would they overwhelm them?