Essay heading: "More Testing, More Learning" Patrick O'Malley critique

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By reducing the frequency of weekly exams, it contradicts his proposal of having more frequent exams. It also causes decreased efficiency in the time management of scheduling lessons as well as assignments within the course. In addition, O'Malley says, "Another possible solution would be to help students prepare for the midterm and final exams by providing sets of questions from which the exam questions will be selected or announcing possible exam topics at the beginning of the course" (355)...
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Providing sets of questions or topics from the exam is somewhat compared to handing out the answers to the students even before the exam. This gets in the way of the actual learning process. In response to O'Malley's argument, I feel that he has made very good points throughout the essay. I can sympathize with him on his struggle to make the students' academic life, focused on exams and tests, easier on them...
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