As this six weeks draws to a close, a quick glance at GradeSpeed will show this was a successful marking period for the great majority of students. Learning about, and responding to, questions regarding physical geography was often a mere review and this went a long way to building student’s grades before the open ended test over chapter five of de Blij’s The Power of Place.
The news there was especially encouraging as most students mastered this challenging content and performed better than they did on chapter one in the last marking period. Your (or your student’s) score on chapter four is the most important feedback looking forward to the last marking period of the semester. A score of 80 or higher means the learning/study process is on track; keep going and more improvements are in store. A score below 80 means one of two things must change.
Students who earned below a “B” should either take a hard look at the way they manage their time or put more effort into the studying that they do (or both). Ask, “do I need to apply the SQ3R method?; webbing?; reading aloud?; working with a study group?; posting on the forum?; reading through more times?; or some new combination of these things?” No student should settle for a grade below 80, it is in his or her power to do better.
The next six weeks includes a survey of human geography, reading chapters two and three of de Blij and most class time devoted to developing academic writing skills. Many believe it is the most rigorous of the marking periods in this class.
As always, the class web site should be your first stop for answers , information and assistance.
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