How do I know my student is not guessing or cheating?

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How do I know my child is not guessing?
Practice Sets and Quizzes consist of three main question types: multiple choice, short answer (fill in the blank), and matching. As Euclid famously said, “there is no royal road to learning.” which means no curriculum is perfect. And that’s why part of your responsibility as a parent/teacher is to monitor your child’s work and look for signs that they are not putting in a proper effort.

Upon completion of the Practice Set, the grade is recorded in the online grade book and the Results Page is displayed. This has all the questions, the grade, missed problems, correct answers, and links to PDF and Video Solutions. The Practice Set Instruction Sheet has specific steps on how to re-learn and correct each missed problem on their Corrections page. You can quickly and easily compare the student's corrections page to the Results page to ensure all missed problems are corrected. The instructions tell the student to email Dr. Shormann all questions they cannot correct after watching the video solutions.

Here are some easy ways to tell if they are just guessing:

  • Quiz and Practice Set averages below 80%: Since missing a problem means a 25% penalty, if they miss every problem one time, their score would be 75%. Low scores are a good sign that a student is just guessing.

  • No or Incomplete Homework Notes: Students are instructed to first solve each problem on their Homework Notes before entering or selecting an answer. Compare their homework notes to the PDF Solutions posted at the top of the Results Page.

Most students cheat for three reasons: math takes too long, they don't know how or where to quickly re-learn the concept, and they are overly concerned about grades. Shormann Interactive Math addresses these issues as follows:

  • Our recommended Timed Method ensures students work on math no more than an hour to an hour and a half per day, 4 to 5 days per week. Learn More: The Timed Method Develops Mastery & Fluency

  • The Practice Sets are a small percentage of the overall grade. Like baseball or piano practice, this encourages students to focus on learning, not grades.

  • Shormann Math makes it easy to quickly re-learn a missed or forgotten concept. Above each question, there is a link to a PDF of a similar example problem and a direct link to the video solution that teaches that concept. If needed, video solutions (accessible only upon completion of the Practice Set) and email support with Dr. Shormann ensure understanding of every concept.

  • Dr. Shormann continually encourages students to work "as for the Lord" with integrity and honesty.

We have found that these features, along with parental monitoring, significantly diminish the perceived need to guess or cheat.

If your student is tempted to guess, download and use the PDF of the Student Textbook. Have the student solve all the problems in the Practice Set on paper. Take away their pencil and give them a red pen. Then they can log in into the eLearning system to enter their answers, use the help links to quickly re-learn missed concepts, and correct missed problems. Parents can use the solutions manual (available upon request) to grade the homework or check the homework notes and corrections.

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