Students lose SO many exam points because they just don’t read the directions and pay attention to details. On the first exam, they usually discover this … but they don’t REMEMBER it for the other exams.

This is a very simple exercise that takes about 1 minute at the beginning of the test.

Just have the students repeat after you:

*I promise … to read all the directions … for all the problems on the exam … *

*And if I finish early, … I promise … to RE-read all the directions … to make sure I haven’t missed some detail … or forgotten to come back to some question I skipped.*

*I understand that … it is not important to finish quickly … it IS important to demonstrate what I know … and once the points have been lost … the points cannot be regained.*

Believe it or not, this results in a remarkable number of students that stay until the bitter end, making sure that they have been careful and answered every question completely.

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