The improving test scores, which seemed very applicable to

The article “Knowing what you don’t know can help your grades improve” by Bethany Brookshire is about the Dunning-Kruger effect and how people can improve grades if they know what they don’t know.  At the University of Utah, many students in introductory chemistry were failing, and a chemist named Charles Atwood wanted to change that.  The Dunning-Kruger effect is when someone overestimates how well they can do on a test, even if they don’t actually know enough to pass.  A graduate student of Atwood’s worked with him to promote metacognition or thinking about thinking to the students so they may improve their study habits and bump up their grades.  To test this, they took two different introductory classes with 300 students and one class was asked before every quiz and test how well they thought they’d do.  That class mostly overestimated how well they did by 11%, but after probably some blows to pride and guided study, they did much better and underestimated how well they would do.  As well as the other group did better when they got feedback on their tests and quizzes on what they needed to work on.  David Dunning thinks the study is thoughtful, that learning can help overcome dangerous overconfidence, and confidence and competence are what you want to be.  Atwood has input metacognition into all his classes and more kids want to do better in their courses. I chose this article because it seemed interesting to learn about a potential method to improving test scores, which seemed very applicable to my life.  This topic is science related because it’s psychological and they had to use an experiment/the scientific method to prove their point.  This can be beneficial to any student, young or old because they can improve their grades and be more successful academically.  Many students may struggle in class because they believe they’ll do better than they will or they don’t know what they don’t.  By using metacognition and helping them understand what they need to work on can help them raise their grades now and in the future.  This article can be effectively applied to science and students very well.