My course procedures and grading policies are designed to promote student engagement and good study habits. These are the habits I encourage students to form to set themselves up for success:
1) Be on time and ready to work
2) Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities: I give students time to reflect on new ideas and create opportunities for students to figure new ideas out for themselves. I find that students who engage in these activities have a much easier time recalling information than those who let their minds go idle at these times.
3) Take good notes: To maximize instructional time, students have a fill-in-the-blank style notes packet for each chapter. The calendar on the front of this packet includes quiz and exam dates. I encourage students to use highlighters or colored pens to color coordinate mathematical relationships in their notes. Notes keys are posted on the chapter's linked study guide for students who are absent or fell behind in class. This packet is graded at the end of each unit.
4) Complete homework and review assignments and CHECK ANSWERS AS YOU WORK: Students can access answers to problems assigned from the book on http://www.bigideasmathsolutions.com/. Daily assignments are assigned through clever.com and graded for accuracy and sufficient worked turned in at the end of the unit. Students can check their answers before submitting to ensure they have practiced correctly. Whenever possible, I provide class time for these assignments and what is not complete by the end of class is homework. Notes packets, assignments, quizzes, and the chapter review assignments are very closely aligned with the content covered on exams. This article effectively articulates my thoughts on homework.
5) Complete retests for any chapter exam that is lower that 75%: Students have the opportunity to retake exams for a max grade of 75%. I cap the retake grade to reduce procrastination in preparing for the exam, while still providing all students with opportunities to pass the course. Please note that students may not take home exams. I hand back exams in class and provide students time to identify and correct errors, ask questions, use the list of topics on the front of the notes packet to identify areas for growth, and devise a study plan for the retake if necessary. I am happy to help a student accurately describe what they need help with for you or their tutor during that time.,