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  • 1. Prepping for and Taking Objective Exams How to Maintain Your Sanity, and Your Hairline Lunch and Learn Student Success
  • 2. Most Common Types of Objective Exams:
    • Multiple Choice
    • True/False
    • Matching
  • 3. Studying for Objective Exams:
    • Two Key Factors:
      • Understanding the task
      • Distributing your study time over several days before the test
  • 4. Studying for Objective Exams:
    • Memory Level Questions
      • Facts – memorization
    • Higher Level Questions
      • Ask for applications, examples, syntheses, analyses, and conclusions
      • “ Thinking” Questions
  • 5. Studying for Objective Exams:
    • Study according to the task
    • Study with others
    • Study over a period of days
      • What does your schedule look like for the few days before the exam?
    • Ask yourself:
      • What are the big concepts covered in this test?
      • How familiar are you with these concepts?
      • How will you group concepts for study?
  • 6. Tips to Maximize Performance:
    • Get to class early
    • Don’t talk to others about the course material right before the test
    • Read over the all of the directions carefully
    • Speak positively to yourself
    • Do easy questions first
  • 7. Tips to Maximize Performance:
    • Consider all alternatives
    • Narrow your choices
    • Watch for qualifiers
    • Tackle items you are unsure of last
    • Never leave an objective item blank
  • 8. Prepping for and Taking Essay Exams
  • 9. Studying for Essay Exams
    • Predict test questions
    • As you are reading, don’t memorize the material; look for relationships between ideas
    • Elaborate on information as you learn it
    • Write out a practice essay
  • 10. It’s all in the way it’s worded:
    • Memory-level question words:
      • Define
      • Illustrate
      • Summarize
      • Trace
    • Higher-level question words:
      • Compare and Contrast
      • Relate
      • Cause and Effect
      • Prove (justify, support, defend)
      • Evaluate
      • Analyze
      • Synthesize
      • Argue
  • 11. Elements of a Good Essay:
    • Organized
    • Focused
    • Grammatical
    • “ Sings”
      • Well supported or documented