Will this be on the test?

Students learn lots of material in traditional lecture courses, they must realize that not all of the material they learn can be on the test. The question then is how much material do they study before they take the test? Further, is deciding to stop studying a conscious decision, or do students just study when they are able?

If students actually make a decision, does he or she stop studying after 25% of the material is known? 50%? 75%? Or maybe the student only stops studying when they think they know all of it? Alternatively, is the decision to stop more qualitative, like a general feeling of knowing the material?

I’m helping an undergraduate student explore these issues as a possible explanation for low performer’s greater metacognitive overconfidence. What do you think?

-Posted by Tyler

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