EDAD 0855, Section 4
Why Care About College: Higher Education in American Life
Exam 1 Review
Exam 1 Instructions and Rubric:
Instructions: Please answer all questions below. Each question is equally weighted (50 points each). You will be graded on your ability to demonstrate that you mastered the material and can apply what you learned in Unit 1. In all cases, your answers should be detailed, organized, and illustrated with examples from Bain and class discussions. You must demonstrate that you have mastered the material and can apply what you have learned through the reading and in class. Answers to questions should be in complete sentences and writing must be legible.
If you need additional space to answer questions, please see your instructor for extra paper. Questions will be graded using the rubric below.
Criteria & Points Assigned
Missing or Serious Problems
Relevance of answer to the question
The essay did not answer the question
Answer is incomplete. Excessive discussion of unrelated issues and/or significant errors in content
Answer is brief with insufficient detail. Unrelated issues were introduced and/or minor errors in content
Answer is complete; sufficient detail provided to support assertions; answer focuses only on issues related to the question; factually correct
Thoroughness of answer
None of the relevant details were included
Serious gaps in the basic details needed
Most of the basic details are included but some are missing
Deals fully with the entire question
Organization and logic of answer
Weak organization; sentences rambling; ideas are repeated
Minor problems of organization or logic; Needs work on creating transitions between ideas
Clear and logical presentation; good development of an argument; Transitions are made clearly and smoothly
Mechanics of writing (spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity of prose)
Major problems with mechanics of language; Awkward sentence construction; Poor or absent transitions; Frequently difficult to understand
Frequent problems with mechanics of language; Occasional awkward sentences and poor transitions; reduce readability
Clear, readable, prose. Good use of transitions; no problems with spelling, punctuation, or grammar
TOTAL POINTS (50 Possible)
Exam 1 Review Questions:
Dr. Ken Bain suggests, “No one can guarantee your long-term success in any sense of the word, but you can equip yourself with the skills for lifelong learning and adaptability, no matter what surprises the future has in store for you.” Describe 2-3 skills or strategies Bain identifies as being critical for student success in college.
“Deep learning” is a concept that runs through the Bain book. What is deep learning? What are the benefits to be realized from deep learning? Does deep learning apply to all situations? What are some educational practices that encourage surface and strategic learning while discouraging deep learning?
What does Bain mean by “messy problems”? Although the name implies negativity, Bain would say that they exert a positive effect on the individual. Please explain and be as explicit as you can.
Chapter 3 in What the Best College Students Do is titled “Managing Yourself.” What does Bain mean to “manage yourself”? How is this management to be accomplished? Hint: This does not refer to time management. Please be sure to illustrate your essay with concepts and examples from Bain and/or class discussion.
According to Bain, what are extrinsic and intrinsic motivators? How do they differ? What is the relationship between these types of motivation and their relationship to the success of college students?
According to Bain, failure or disappointment can have a positive effect on the individual. Please explain this seemingly contradictory statement. Give specific examples from class discussion and/or the text.
In his discussion of “Liberal Arts,” Bain holds that an individual majoring in a Liberal Arts discipline, (defined as all of those disciplines listed under the “humanities,” “social sciences,” and ‘physical sciences”) is an excellent choice to make. Please explain.
Despite what Bain says about grades, why are they important? Bain writes that “high grades, by themselves, don’t tell us much.” Why does he say this?
What are our three brains and their functions? How can understanding their functions assist you in your studies?
What is stereotype threat? What are the three differ types of biases discussed in What the Best College Students Do? How can understanding our biases lead to a more mindful existence?
Bain frequently uses the term “mindfulness” (often in contrast to “mindlessness”). What does he mean by this term?
Early in chapter two, Bain identifies three types of learners. What are they? What are some educational practices that encourage each type of learner?
When does expectation failure occur and how can expectation failure help us grow?
What is a fixed mindset? What is a growth mindset? Can our mindsets change throughout our lives?
What is the value of general education (gen ed) classes, according to Bain?
Why did Kristin Neff decide that self-compassion made more sense than self-esteem? Explain self-compassion.
In chapter 8, Bain discusses the factors important for a good learning experience. Discuss three or four that you have seen in this class or in your other classes at BC.
What does Bain mean by “taking control over your own education”? Explain this concept and provide three strategies that you can use to take control over your own education.
In Chapter 8, Bain examines reading strategies, study tips, and writing tips. Discuss three strategies you have used and explain how well they worked. If you haven’t used any, which do you plan to use?
What were some of the critical aspects of the class that was taught by Paul Baker? How can you apply these aspects to your own learning?