Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

(Study Tips, Dealing With Stress, Maintaining a Social Life, Financial Aid, Internships, Bar Exam, Careers in Law . . . )
User avatar
Posts: 962
Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:07 pm

Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby niederbomb » Thu May 31, 2012 3:16 pm

Is there a correlation, negative or positive, between one's ability to recall details off the test, or what one wrote on the test, afterwards and the grade one receives?

Last semester, it seemed like there was a positive correlation. On my 3 LSAT's, there was definitely a positive correlation. The 177 is seared into my mind, but the earlier 162 was just a blur. Any consensus?

User avatar
Posts: 12149
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby jessuf » Thu May 31, 2012 5:06 pm

For torts, my bff remembered every single multiple choice question, all five possible answers, what answer he selected, as well as the facts and his answers for the two long essay hypos. He did median.

Posts: 107
Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:48 pm

Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby Lyonsoccer87 » Thu May 31, 2012 5:10 pm

there is no correlation, i have a curse of being able to remember every damn thing on the exam. The problem is that on every Multiple choice test i know for a fact that i missed 1 or 2 questions and then i'm unsure of a couple more. In the end, I ended up with an A in both my multiple choice tests even though i remembered the questions i missed. Everyone misses shit, but some ppl are lucky and forget everything as soon as they're done.

User avatar
Posts: 1747
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:36 am

Re: Correlation between remembering details on exam and grade

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Thu May 31, 2012 5:25 pm

When I lay down at night to go to sleep during the exam period, issues/details start to creep into my mind of the exams I have taken. When I am unoccupied now, 3 weeks since my last exam, I remember random things about the exams, usually thinking of things that I missed. This happens every day after the exam until I get the grade. So, to answer your question, there is no correlation for me between remembering details and what my grade has been because I usually only remember what I should have said. Sure, I guess you could make the argument that the more you think about what you should have said, the lower your grade tends to be because you think you missed more issues. But truth be told, you don't really know what the professor is looking for and even if you do, you most likely don't know how much weight that particular aspect is given.

In short, there is probably a very weak correlation if any--memory has very little to do with law school exams, especially when most are open book. Your question infers a correlation between one's memory ability and performance on a law school exam, which would likely share no statistical significance.

Return to “Forum for Law School Students”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 12 guests