This part of the project was conceived in 1994 while I was a graduate student at the University of Florida. I worked in a university-wide program designed to support students' academic success. We knew that student-athletes in our charge engaged in fundamental athletic skill-building exercises. Since this technique was familiar to them, I thought it might easily translate to academic skill-building. It did.
Along with Steven Davis, and with the leadership of Dr. Winifred Cooke, colleagues and we created a unique Student Success course. We included a research-based unit called, Test Skills. Students monitored their skill-building progress and became empowered to "win" on tests. Testing success improved and the concept spread through the learning community.
20+ YEARS IN PRACTICE
Both Steven ('00) and I ('96) went on to earn doctorates from the UF College of Education and pursued careers in teacher education. Of course, students in our charge also faced tests. So, it was logical that they too would benefit from test-skills training. They applied their skills in our classes and also to achieve first-attempt success on their professional certification exams. Further, those students who became teachers report that they teach these strategies to their students.
W. Scott Wise, Founder