After your test or exam, do you take time to look over the results? After your test or exam, how do you often feel? e.g. relief, still anxious, upset, etc.
Analyzing the Test Results
Many students don’t review their exams. They figure once it’s over; it’s over. But what these students fail to realize is that the evaluation stage of the learning process is the most critical. It is here that the student can determine where he or she went wrong and what changes are needed in the future.
An additional problem relates to the common practice of not returning final exams. Some students don’t realize they have a right to see their exam paper. Faculty are also culpable when they don’t reinforce the notion that exam papers are available upon request.
Most of us fear making mistakes as often mistakes have dire consequences such as lost grades, jobs, money, or relationships. However, taking on a different attitude towards our mistakes at university—one of celebration rather than fear—has many positive outcomes.
The TOOL below outlines reasons why we should embrace, not fear, our mistakes.