Article Review: Cheat Sheets and Study Aids in Economics

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This is an article review on cheat sheets and study aids in economics. The results of the investigation show that preparing and using the cards helped students in their performance. The combined effect is positively related and present in all four classes.

The results of the investigation show that preparing and using the cards helped students in their performance. The combined effect is positively related and present in all four classes. Those with cards CU performed the best in the test. Those students whose cards were taken away from them did second best and those who were not allowed any card did the worst. This shows that the students did not become overly dependent on their cheat sheets, and proves wrong the results of Dorsel and Cundiff (1979) findings. They do not support use and coding hypothesis but do support the combined effect hypothesis.

Wachsman also conducted a survey in addition to the experiment. The results show that students did have favorable view of cheat sheets, but they preferred open book tests. There is no research to compare cheat sheets o open book tests but there is research done comparing open book and closed book tests. But these studies show that with open book tests the students tend not to study and thus they score on the same lines as closed book tests.

In Wachsman view, the cheat sheets are better tools as they help in preparing for the test and also in aiding the students during the tests, as they don’t have to rely on memory for formulae etc. the experiment shows that the students spent more time in preparing for the test. Based on these results the author believes that cheat sheets are a better option then open book tests, as preparing it helps students learn the material and can perform better in analytical test. And they don’t create over dependency and students don’t spend much time looking at notes. The author intends to further investigate in future the effect of cheat sheets in reducing counter-productive anxiety during exams.

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