Tuesday, April 11, 2017

When You Dont Know The Answer, Heres A tip On How To Choose in Multiple Choice

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High school and College students can very much relate to the saying, “Trust your instincts”, especially when one has spent the night watching TV or scrolling through Facebook all-day, all night, and then the following day, an examination is to administered and turns out one hasn’t reviewed anything yet at all—and so all you have in your mind and your life to trust with relies on your instincts. But how accurate is your instincts when it comes to answering a multiple-choice examination? How far can your instincts take you in order to survive that hardcore examination by your teacher? How can you possibly pass, or more so, how can you possibly not fail? How sure are you that your instincts will not fail you? Despite the popular notion that first instincts towards an answer is always the correct one, and by changing it, you’ll be forever doomed. But with that being said, how well do you trust yourself and how far will you leave your answer unchanged?




Studies have conducted by Psychologists describing the student’s behavior on making the right decisions during exams, and turns out that majority believes that the first answer is always the right one (thus, the “instincts” thing), however, studies have shown that it is not always the first answer that pops in your mind would be the correct one. It turns out that when you happen to change your answer or revise your first one, it is most likely to turn out to be the correct one. Sometimes we don’t want to give it up especially if it would later turn out to be correct and we happen to be strongly attached to the things we already have. This is called endowment bias. We base on our memory to invoke the right answer. Problems we often encounter is that, sometimes our first instincts actually are correct based on what we can remember, but the real thing is that we have a hard time figuring out when to stand by your conviction or try and go onto another course and risk everything. But when we use the metacognition technique, or “thinking about thinking”, we might actually find a way to probably ace any kind of multiple-choice exams.

The key on answering these kinds of exam is through metacognition, thus, we happen to predict and think about the possible results of our exams, where we tend to look on our own minds and happen to “know when they did not know”. We happen to judge accurately whether or not we will answer it correctly or incorrectly.

Another thing is that most of the time, we happen to be confident enough to ignore the little voices of doubt inside our heads to go on and change our answer. But the key is to stand what you truly believe in to be the correct answer. It will always ring a bell inside your mind. When you happen to revise an answer, be sure to stand to it with conviction and confidence. This time, we could not just rely to our faulty memory which could probably fail us half of the time but instead, stand by your confident answer that it is indeed the correct decision. The best way to know is to stick with your first instinct and know when to change your mind. Both ways will get you a higher chance to result on getting more correct ones than incorrect ones.


For educators, it is highly encouraged to consider the following things while administering an exam. It is not just right that there might be difference on beliefs and standpoints that could belong on the questions and bear varied responses from the students. Enhance their metacognitive skills so they could think about their own thinking to merit better decisions and administer exams grounded on useful skills based on memory (and not “from memory”) and metacognition results.


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