Exam Analysis

Learning Specialists collaborate with students and faculty members to offer exam analysis as part of learning instruction at the Weingarten Center. Exam analysis allows students, in consultation with learning specialists, to enhance their performance on upcoming assessments by analyzing their performance on recent exams. These sessions focus on exam preparation and exam-taking strategies, rather than content knowledge, which should be addressed with faculty.

During this period of remote instruction, the following steps outline how students, faculty members, and the Weingarten Center work together to make this service possible.

Step 1: Student Makes an Appointment and Notifies Course Instructor

The student schedules a virtual consultation with a learning instructor by calling 215-573-9235 and emails the course instructor asking them to forward the exam to the Weingarten Center prior to the appointment. The student should provide the course instructor with the first and last name of the learning instructor with whom they will be meeting.

Step 2: Course Instructor Sends Electronic Copy of Student’s Exam Via SecureShare

The course instructor uses the name of the learning instructor provided by the student to send an electronic copy of the student’s exam through Secure Share.

Step 3: Student Confirms that Weingarten Center Received Exam Before Appointment

The student calls the Weingarten Center or emails their learning specialist to confirm that the exam has been delivered prior to the appointment. If the exam has yet to be delivered, the student is responsible for following up with the course instructor.

It is highly recommended that a student does not cancel their appointment if the exam has yet to be delivered. The student can use the scheduled appointment to discuss general exam preparing/taking and other learning/study strategies in preparation for upcoming exams.

Step 4: Learning Instructor and Student Analyze Exam

During the virtual consultation, the learning instructor will share their screen with the student, allowing the student to see the exam. The student and the learning specialist will analyze the exam together in order to identify effective exam preparation and/or exam taking strategies.

During this meeting, the student is not permitted to take screenshots or photographs of the exam or to write down exam questions or answers. The student must follow any instructions or guidelines provided by the course instructor about how they should interact with the exam. If the student takes screenshots, copies exam questions, or fails to follow the course instructor’s guidelines during the virtual consultation, the learning instructor will notify the course instructor. A violation of class policy may then be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for a formal disciplinary review.

Step 5: Learning Instructor Deletes Electronic Copy of the Exam

After the virtual consultation, the learning instructor deletes the electronic copy of the exam.

Contact Us

If you have any question or concerns about the Exam Analysis Protocol, please contact us by phone at 215-573-9235 or email at weingartenlrc@vpul.upenn.edu.