Now I thought I'd experienced alot since I've gone back to school. But I admit, this one takes the cake. Take home tests are bad enough. But group tests?? We had a patho tests today over the endocrine disorders. Anyone who's had it (even in anatomy or some such) knows it can be confusing and not so easy to keep straight sometimes. I do ok with the diabetes and thyroid disoders.......but trying to keep those hormones straight and what they do along with the disorders........ We've got some students struggling in patho. I know a few are simply because they're not studying for exams for one reason or another. (not always just laziness involved) But we were stunned today when she lined us up in the back of the room before the test. (keep in mind this is the instructor with the bad rep) Then she called our names into groups of 3. By the 3rd group we'd figured out she was pairing up struggling students with those who weren't having as much problems. Then she announced we were taking the exam as groups. We could answer the questions together, hash them out if need be......or whatever. The test was timed, but she didn't tell us how much time we had. Sounds pretty great for those who are struggling, huh? So I sort of got lucky and got one of the guys and he's not a bad student, but has struggled on the last two exams. (not for lack of studying) And then we got another student who has yet to study for a single exam in patho.........and yeah, her grades show it. She's flunking the class. Nice girl, and I like her, but yeah. I've yet to decide if this was a good idea or not. We all had our own answer sheets..........but yeah, from what I heard from other students when she went over the test when we were done....... It was not such a good thing. I don't think a single group scored in the 90's. From what I was hearing, most were mid 80's to low 80's and some were in the 70's. (we have to have a 77 to pass) This of course is including students who were excelling before. So what happened? I only know what happened to our group and what I heard from a few others. I know we hurried thanks to that darn time limit. Then, in my opinion, when you get too many heads together, it messes with the thinking process. If an answer was known, it would be questioned or "reasoned" to death by the others and cause you to 2nd guess yourself. Bad news. I'll grant you this was a hard test over some hard material. (probably her reasoning for doing it this way) But still. Our group......well we think we got in the mid 80's. Not horrible. But the guy and the girl were apologizing and felt bad that it had given me the worse grade I'd had so far. Although I told them the one's we'd missed I wasn't any more certain of the answer than they were. (true) And to forget about it, no problem. Rush me and I'll mess up a test every time. I might not flunk it, but I won't do as well as normal. We were rushing.......and I know I wasn't reading the questions right on some of them......so I could actually think about it. And I have trouble "reasoning" something out with people doing it with me. I'm not worried about the grade. The weekly tests are only worth 15 percent of the total grade. But it was surprising that the rest of the groups were having the exact same issues we did. And that not one did really well on it. I think the instructor will be surprised when she grades them. So now I have 2 kinds of tests I hate. Take home and group. Lovely. lol And guess what? Next weeks is a take home. sheesh! I do NOT do well on take home tests.