What Do Students Find Noteworthy About Economics? An Analysis of Student Note Cards Used During an Exam

Richard C. Schiming
    This article explores the content of student note cards used during an examination. The use of note cards had a definite impact on student attitude and effort before and during the exam. More importantly, an analysis of the contents of the note cards revealed the type of “noteworthy” information that the students thought necessary to do well on the exam. Through the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy, the content appearing on the note cards was analyzed to explore the students’ view of the competencies required to succeed in a Principles of Macroeconomics class. The analysis of the note cards uncovered important lessons about the instructor’s influence over student learning and the significance of the textbook as a tool for student learning.