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Science Fair- To Highlight Or Not To Hightlight

Amanda Rose Science Fair Period 1
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on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Science Fair- To Highlight Or Not To Hightlight

TESTABLE QUESTION: TO HIGHLIGHT OR NOT TO HIGHLIGHT?
Amanda Rose Does using highlighter while reading help people to remember what they read? Yellow highlighter
Pencils
Pens
Two different same reading level articles and same reading level assessments
20 people to test
A printer
A quiet work environment
A laptop and log book RESULTS After concluding my experiment, I found that using a highlighter while reading is not guaranteed to help readers remember what they read. Out of the twenty people that I tested, only ten participants (50%) showed an increase in their test score. Out of those ten, 5 (25%) showed an increase of only one correct question and 5 (25%) showed an increase of two correct questions. CONCLUSION After concluding my experiment, I have found that using highlighter can help some people to remember what they read, but not everyone. When I analyzed my results, I noticed that only ten participants out of twenty (50%) showed any increase in their test score with the other ten showing no change in score. Out of those ten whose scores did improve, only five (25%) showed an increase of two questions correct on their second test and the other five (25%) only increased their score by one question. Only in one random case did a participants score go down from the first test to the second! Overall, these results tell me that using a highlighter cant hurt while reading, when you're trying to remember what you read.
While running my experiment on different participants, I did observe that test takers using a highlighter when they read seemed more confident and were quicker in choosing their answers than when they did not use a highlighter.
Since test taking occurs in everyone's life, especially those of teens, my project does have a strong real world connection! Hopefully this experiment will help students, teachers and all readers to realize that highlighting important parts of text can only help to remember what was read!
But like any project, mine does have some sources of error. For one, I only used twenty participants in my experiment. If i had used more people, I would've definitely gotten a more accurate result. Also, the environment as well as the time in which I administered my test varied. This could have changed the results that I got since some people may have been in a more distracting environment than others, or been tired or groggy, ultimately causing them to get a lower score. On top of that, I only used one two tests on each participant to see if there was an increase in score. If I had used two or more tests on each participant, I would've had more evidence to whether or not using highlighter really helps memory rather than the score just going up by chance or a lucky guess. If I were to do my experiment again, I would use more participants, test them all in the same exact environment at the same time and use more than on test on each participant to get a more accurate result. ABSTRACT The purpose of my experiment is to inform all readers whether or not highlighter will help when trying to remember what they read. For my experiment, I had twenty people take two different tests, one using a yellow highlighter and one without and after reading, take a basic 7 question assessment afterward. When I looked over all my collected data, I found that only ten people (50%) of my twenty participants showed an increase in their test score when using a highlighter. Out of those ten people, only five showed an increase of two correct questions when using a highlighter and the other five only increased their score by one correct question. My project relates to the world since everyone has had to take a reading assessment sometime in their life, and especially in high school! Overall, my hypothesis that highlighter would help memory was somewhat supported in my experiment since it did help half of my participants score higher. I hope from this experiment that people will realize that using a highlighter doesn't always help in remembering what they read, but for some people it really does help! HYPOTHESIS If people use highlighter while they read, it will help them to remember what they read. DATA GRAPHS MATERIALS PROCEDURE 1. Have a participant read an article without using a highlighter while reading.
2. Take the article away from the participant and give them a basic, 7 question assessment of what they read.
3. Record the results of the first test in log book.
4. Give the same participant another article (same reading level) and allow them to use a highlighter while reading.
5. Take the article away from the participant and give them a basic, 7 question assessment of what they read (same type and level of question as the first article assessment.)
6. Record the results of the second test in the log book.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 on twenty different participants. OBJECTIVES Find whether or not highlighter helps readers to remember what they read.
See how using highlighter while reading effects test scores
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