Published on December 12, 2007
The GRE Project: The GRE Project Sarah VanStelle People Involved in the GRE system: People Involved in the GRE system Dr. Malott - supervises and oversees BATS and all of the subsequent R&D systems, including the GRE system. Jody Miller: Jody Miller Second year Master’s student, responsible for overseeing the first year master’s student Callie Simms, and myself. Callie Simms: Callie Simms First-year master’s student who runs the GRE project, and supervises me, Sarah VanStelle. Callie is also responsible for monitoring the performance of the students in the GRE classes. Me – Sarah VanStelle: Me – Sarah VanStelle I am an undergraduate Senior, graduating on April 29th!!! I am responsible for monitoring student performance of undergraduates in the GRE class. I also give Callie and Jody my ideas hoping to improve the GRE System as a whole. GRE/BATS/BRSS – many Acronyms : GRE/BATS/BRSS – many Acronyms The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) project is a subsystem of BATS. The Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) is Dr. Malott’s program which encompasses all of his research and development projects. More GRE….: More GRE…. The GRE is another part of BATS responsible for monitoring student performance on the GRE class. The purpose of the GRE project is to prepare students to take the GRE and also help them plan and prepare for graduate school applications. The GRE Mission Statement: The GRE Mission Statement “The GRE course is designed to help students study for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and prepare for graduate school using performance management techniques. We monitor student performance, provide deadlines and specify point contingencies to help ensure students spend time studying for the GRE. Our goal is to provide guidance and relevant materials to inform students about the GRE and graduate school application.” What we Do: What we Do The GRE project, like many of the other projects in BRSS, is designed to prevent procrastination in students taking the GRE course by using self-management techniques. How do you ensure the self-management works?: How do you ensure the self-management works? The GRE project managers monitor student performance to prevent waiting until the last minute to study for the GRE, take the GRE, and prepare for graduate school. Why is this necessary?: Why is this necessary? Without the self-management techniques enforced in the GRE course, most students would not study adequately for the GRE, and subsequently, would have to take the GRE more than one time. So how does all of this work?: So how does all of this work? Our Weekly points consist of categories for: Students have to do equally well in all of these categories in order to do well in the course because our grading system follows Dr. Malott’s grading matrix. Attendance Task Verification Form Graph Homework Hours Quiz What about the Contingencies?: What about the Contingencies? Contingencies Continued…: Contingencies Continued… The Three-Contingency Model: Completing GRE Tasks: The Three-Contingency Model: Completing GRE Tasks Ineffective Natural Contingency Performance Management Contingency Inferred Theoretical Contingency My Responsibilities in the GRE class : My Responsibilities in the GRE class I created a class list during both classes for both semesters (four total), which contains each students contact information, along with their pre-semester, mid-semester, and post-semester GRE scores. More of My Responsibilities: More of My Responsibilities Still More Responsibilities : Still More Responsibilities Lastly, I help to improve the GRE project as a whole; I give my suggestions about the syllabus, CD, and class presentation improvements to Callie, and some of my ideas will be incorporated into fall 2006 class changes. I am responsible for recording and printing grades for all of the students in the GRE class and for grading weekly quizzes. When I entered the System: When I entered the System Major Disconnects/Problems: Major Disconnects/Problems We needed a revised assignment guide with updated dates and page numbers because the Kaplan book was now mandatory for our students. Revised Quizzes and Syllabus: Revised Quizzes and Syllabus First Disconnect & Solution: First Disconnect & Solution The first disconnect that Callie and I worked to solve after the fall 2005 semester was updating the assignment guide. The assignment guide was a very easy fix, and is something that needs to be done every year, because a new edition of the Kaplan book that our class uses comes out yearly. Solution One Continued….: Solution One Continued…. The intervention for the assignment guide was very simple; we changed the quiz dates, assignment dates, and week numbers to correlate to the new semester. Secondly, I added a specific category that shows students in which category points will be added to their task verification form by adding “GRE Hours” instead of just “Hours.” Second Disconnect & Solution: Second Disconnect & Solution The second disconnect had to do with the course syllabus. Fall Data 2005 – Last Semester: Fall Data 2005 – Last Semester Average Rating = 3.3 About the intervention!: About the intervention! The intervention was implemented in the winter 2006 semester and consisted of the power point presentation that Callie and I developed. The power point presentation explained confusing parts of the syllabus in more detail, and seemed to hold the students interest more than just reading through the syllabus, because it is very long and can be confusing. Proof that it worked: Proof that it worked We received better ratings on our syllabus evaluation during the winter 2006 semester which lets us know that our presentation/intervention seemed to help solve our disconnect. Winter 2006 – This Semester: Winter 2006 – This Semester Average Rating = 4.2 Third Disconnect & Solution: Third Disconnect & Solution The third disconnect that I am currently working on is how to get students to perform better in the GRE class. Better performance in the GRE course will hopefully lead to better performance on the GRE Performance on quizzes seems to be what is dragging down grade averages. Every other category is fine; that is why we focus on quizzes. What we are trying: What we are trying Considerations: Personal Experience within the System: Personal Experience within the System Jody and Callie have definitely gone out of their way to help me not only with BRSS but with graduate school and other issues I have had. They have both supported my decisions and helped me with applications, letters, the GRE and my vita, which was very much appreciated. Yes, I still have more to say about Jody and Callie: Yes, I still have more to say about Jody and Callie I have learned a lot more from Jody and Callie than just technical skills or other skills related to BRSS/graduate school. I am lucky enough to have two wonderful people as my supervisors, both of whom have shown me what it’s like to be dedicated to their work and have inspired me to do the same. All of us in the GRE System!: All of us in the GRE System! Any Questions???: Any Questions??? Thank you !