The quiz policy is designed to help you deeply understand the material, recognize your own mistakes, correct habits that cause you to make errors, and help you know how to double-check your own work.

Quizzes will be given periodically, usually as take-home quizzes. Only correct answers will receive credit. After I have graded these quizzes, you will generally have an opportunity to correct your answers on these quizzes.

Unless explicitly allowed, assignments and quizzes are due at the beginning of class on the day they are due.

Instructions for quiz corrections

Use a clean sheet of paper with your original quiz stapled behind your correction. Label each problem clearly. Do not change anything on your original quiz. If you lose your original quiz, contact me for another one.

For each problem for which you did not receive full credit:

  • Write in complete sentences the errors you made and what you will do to ensure that you don't make that kind of error again. Be specific and explain exactly where and what mistake was made. You will not receive correction credit if you do not explain your mistakes sufficiently.
  • Correctly and neatly rework the problem. If you just made a minor error, you do not need to show all of the work for the problem-—it is sufficient to start your work at the first error (but be sure to indicate when you are doing this).
  • When doing corrections, you may use any outside resource. However, remember that your submitted correction must be your work. Plagiarism is considered cheating.

Making quiz corrections effective

In order to get the most out of corrections and to avoid plagiarism and cheating (for example, copying or paraphrasing another student’s correction), I suggest that you:

  1. Form a study group that meets once a week to review quiz corrections and lesson plans
  2. BEFORE meeting with the group, try to carefully find your error by yourself. Rework the problem from scratch if you do not see the error right away. Try working the problem at a blackboard, on a clean sheet of paper, or explaining it out loud to yourself to give your brain a chance to see the problem in a fresh light.
  3. Make sure that you find all of your errors. Often there is more than one error, and I may only point out one of them.
  4. If you’ve spent more than 20 minutes trying to find your error(s) and you are not making any progress, get help. Come talk with me, your classmates, a tutor, or others. Rather than asking them to tell you what you did wrong, explain to the other person each step of your solution and why you did it. Have the other person ask you questions about anything they do not understand. Often you will realize your error as you try to explain your work to others. If the other person merely tells you what you did wrong and how to do the work correctly, you will most likely not learn the material as well.
  5. Again, please come talk with me if you don’t see what is wrong.
  6. When you understand what you did wrong, then go away and write up your correction by yourself without referencing any notes you may have taken in a group conversation. Make your correction your own work.


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