Chapter 9 improving yourperformanceonexamsandtests

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Chapter 9 improving yourperformanceonexamsandtests

  1. 1. Improving Your Performance on Exams and Tests
  2. 2. Getting Prepared for Tests and Exams• Prepare physically • Get enough sleep, eat right, and follow your regular exercise regime• Prepare emotionally • Know the material, practice relaxing, and use positive self- talk• Prepare for test-taking • Find out about the test, design an exam plan, and join a study group• Prepare for math and science exams • Do homework regularly and attend each class • Create a review guide throughout the term
  3. 3. Your TurnAre there times when you engage innegative predictions about youracademic performance? What do youthink causes you to be so hard onyourself? Do you think that changingyour predictions could change yourperformance? Why or why not? Howcan you reverse your thinking andcompliment yourself on your work?
  4. 4. Taking Tests and Exams• Essay questions • Budget your exam time and create a brief outline of your answers• Multiple-choice questions • Take advantage of key words• Fill-in-the-blank questions• True/false questions • Every detail must be true for the statement to be true• Matching questions • Review all terms and descriptions before answering any questions
  5. 5. Your TurnDo you think that essay exams aremore appropriate in upper-levelcourses and multiple-choice exams aremore appropriate in first-year courses?Why or why not?
  6. 6. Types of Tests• Problem-solving tests• Machine-scored tests• Computerized tests• Laboratory tests• Open-book/open-note tests• Take-home tests
  7. 7. Overcoming Test Anxiety• Types of test anxiety • Standardized tests vs. classroom tests • Tests at a computer terminal • Subject-specific• Symptoms of test anxiety • Butterflies in the stomach, queasiness or nausea, headaches, faster heartbeat, hyperventilating, shaking, sweating, or muscle cramps• Strategies for combating test anxiety • Take long, deep breaths, stretch your muscles • Sit with shoulders back and relaxed• Getting the test back • Review your graded test and evaluate your own knowledge
  8. 8. Your TurnDo you experience any type of testanxiety? If so, what causes you to beanxious? If not, what strategies do youuse to stay calm?
  9. 9. Your TurnWhat actions do you take when youlook at graded tests? Take a look at anexam you got back in one of yourclasses. What can you learn from it?Would you challenge an instructor ifyou thought he or she had made amistake in your grade? Why or whynot?
  10. 10. Academic Honesty and Misconduct• Cheating • Includes looking over a classmate’s shoulder, using a calculator when it is not authorized, obtaining or discussing an exam without permission, copying notes• Plagiarism • Taking another person’s ideas or work and presenting them as your own• Consequences of cheating and plagiarism • Suspension or expulsion • College degrees revoked• Reducing the likelihood of academic dishonesty
  11. 11. Tech Tip: Fear Not the Online TestTips for taking an online test • Don’t wait until the last minute to study • Get organized • Resist the temptation to surf the Web for answers • Don’t get distracted • Budget your time • Tackle easy questions first • Beware of losing your Internet connection mid-test

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