From: "Olomon, Mary L. (UMC-Student)"
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." Subject: Dynamics Report Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 01:42:38 -0600 I found that a friend: Michelle Jesse that I dormed with my Freshman year was in the class and she invited me to join her and the other four people in the group. I met two of them in class because they were sitting behind us. Michelle and I sat together every lecture and before the first exam we met twice in Brady Commons to go over old tests and ask each questions and quiz each other on the information. I really felt we helped each other out. I learn best by quizzing other people while teaching and talking about the information. The other group members were emailed and invited to these review sessions but did not show up. Michelle sent out several emails about getting together and it never happened. Unfortunately I learned that when I called Michelle to get together to study for our second test that she had decided to withdraw from the class. There went the only person I had to study with and since I would not recognize the other people in my group if I passed them on the street, I have been trying to study on my own ever since. I feel the group collaboration is a great idea but in practice it tends to fall short. The reality of several people meeting up at one place at one time without more structure is not very likely. By structure I mean by grade determination. As before when the students had to put a project together as a group, that was probably the only time they met and many were scrambling to find a group then, while one or two people out of the group probably did the whole project. A suggestion would be to make a twice a month an office hours study hall) type of meeting where groups put together by the instructor would have to be in the Teaching assistant's room or such a location were there is a monitor to whom the group can ask questions and a sign in sheet. Then the appearance at these group meetings would be mandatory and can be graded on attendance. It sounds like a study hall but may be the only way for some people to prioritize studying as much as this class demands. My experience of groups over three people seldom do more than chat and usually one on one is the only way for me to get seomthing done and even then too much time is spent talking about unrelated subjects. It is hard we are gregarious creatures. I do not feel that the group idea is bad one I just feel that group work has yet to work for me. Thank you, Mary Olomon 715057 Glaser's Pawns