Test Taking:<br />1<br />Like it or not, final exams are just around the corner. It’s never to early to start studying! Ho...
Reflection Questions<br />2<br /><ul><li>Are any of your final grades already determined before you take the final exam?
Why is the final exam so important?
What study strategies have worked for you?</li></li></ul><li>3<br />Prerequisites for Success <br /><ul><li>Mastery of all...
Realistic Study Schedule
Effective Use of Resources (office hours, tutorial room, etc.)
Managing Anxiety</li></li></ul><li>4<br />Bloom’s Taxonomy<br />Evaluation<br />Graduate School<br />Making decisions and ...
So, What Can You Do for Finals?<br />Spend enough time reviewing and mastering the material <br />Aim for 100% mastery<br ...
The Study Cycle<br /><ul><li>Phase One: 	Read or preview chapters to be    				covered in class… before class 				(Create ...
Phase Two: 	Go to Class.  Listen actively, take 				notes, participate in class
Phase Three:	Review and process class notes as 				soon as possible after class
Phase Four: 	Incorporate Intense Study Sessions
Repeat</li></ul>6<br />
Intense Study Sessions<br /><ul><li>5   minutes:	Set goals for next 40 min.
40 minutes:	Read text more selectively/highlight</li></ul>Make doodles/notes in margins<br />                             ...
10 minutes	Take a break
Repeat</li></ul>7<br />
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Exam Preparation Stage I <br /><ul><li>Before the Exam
Use The Study Cycle
Utilize Intensive Study Sessions
Frequent Reviews</li></ul>9<br />
Exam Preparation Stage II   <br />1 – 2 Weeks Before the Exam<br />Plan Final Exam Review <br />Aim for 100% Mastery!!!<br...
Survey the Task<br />Gather Information from...<br />instructor         text         lecture notes<br />to answer the foll...
Schedule Enough Time<br /><ul><li>Make a “Master To Do” list</li></ul>		List specific details (chapters to read, study exe...
Schedule time for fun
Schedule time for consolidation</li></ul>12<br />
Examination Schedule<br />13<br />
Study Schedule - Task Oriented<br />Monday				Thursday<br />Chemistry  					Chemistry 2					<br />Tuesday				Friday<br />E...
Organize The Information<br />Prepare charts or summary sheets<br />Integrate notes with text information<br />Make concep...
Memorize Thoroughly<br /><ul><li>Intend to remember
Over learn
Preview/review frequently
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  1. 1. Test Taking:<br />1<br />Like it or not, final exams are just around the corner. It’s never to early to start studying! How prepared will you be? Use these tips to help ease the pain that finals week can bring.<br />
  2. 2. Reflection Questions<br />2<br /><ul><li>Are any of your final grades already determined before you take the final exam?
  3. 3. Why is the final exam so important?
  4. 4. What study strategies have worked for you?</li></li></ul><li>3<br />Prerequisites for Success <br /><ul><li>Mastery of all Concepts
  5. 5. Realistic Study Schedule
  6. 6. Effective Use of Resources (office hours, tutorial room, etc.)
  7. 7. Managing Anxiety</li></li></ul><li>4<br />Bloom’s Taxonomy<br />Evaluation<br />Graduate School<br />Making decisions and supporting views; requires understanding of values.<br />Combining information to form a unique product; requires creativity and originality.<br />Synthesis<br />Identifying components; determining arrangement, logic, and semantics.<br />Analysis<br />Undergraduate<br />Using information to solve problems; transferring abstract or theoretical ideas to practical situations. Identifying connections and relationships and how they apply.<br />Application<br />Restating in your own words; paraphrasing, summarizing, translating.<br />Comprehension<br />High School<br />Memorizing verbatim information. Being able to remember, but not necessarily fully understanding the material.<br />Knowledge<br />
  8. 8. So, What Can You Do for Finals?<br />Spend enough time reviewing and mastering the material <br />Aim for 100% mastery<br />Use office hours for clarification<br />Use the Study Cycle with Intense Study Sessions<br />5<br />
  9. 9. The Study Cycle<br /><ul><li>Phase One: Read or preview chapters to be covered in class… before class (Create chapter maps)
  10. 10. Phase Two: Go to Class. Listen actively, take notes, participate in class
  11. 11. Phase Three: Review and process class notes as soon as possible after class
  12. 12. Phase Four: Incorporate Intense Study Sessions
  13. 13. Repeat</li></ul>6<br />
  14. 14. Intense Study Sessions<br /><ul><li>5 minutes: Set goals for next 40 min.
  15. 15. 40 minutes: Read text more selectively/highlight</li></ul>Make doodles/notes in margins<br /> Create mnemonics, work examples<br /> Create maps<br /><ul><li>5 minutes Review what you have just studied
  16. 16. 10 minutes Take a break
  17. 17. Repeat</li></ul>7<br />
  18. 18. 8<br />
  19. 19. Exam Preparation Stage I <br /><ul><li>Before the Exam
  20. 20. Use The Study Cycle
  21. 21. Utilize Intensive Study Sessions
  22. 22. Frequent Reviews</li></ul>9<br />
  23. 23. Exam Preparation Stage II <br />1 – 2 Weeks Before the Exam<br />Plan Final Exam Review <br />Aim for 100% Mastery!!!<br />Construct Practice Exam with Friends<br />Locate Exam Room<br /> Double check time of exam<br />Eat Well, Sleep Well, and Exercise<br />Visualize Success!<br />10<br />
  24. 24. Survey the Task<br />Gather Information from...<br />instructor text lecture notes<br />to answer the following questions:<br />1. What will the test cover?<br />2. Is it comprehensive or non-comprehensive?<br />3. What kinds of questions will be used?<br />4. How many questions (of each type)?<br />5. Where/when will the test be given?<br />6. Will I need any special test materials?<br />11<br />
  25. 25. Schedule Enough Time<br /><ul><li>Make a “Master To Do” list</li></ul> List specific details (chapters to read, study exercises, etc.)<br /> How much time do I need to study for each class?<br /><ul><li>Create a study schedule</li></ul>How much time do I have before the exam?<br /> Where and what kinds of time-blocks do I have available?<br /> How will I distribute my study time?<br /><ul><li>Create intermediate deadlines
  26. 26. Schedule time for fun
  27. 27. Schedule time for consolidation</li></ul>12<br />
  28. 28. Examination Schedule<br />13<br />
  29. 29. Study Schedule - Task Oriented<br />Monday Thursday<br />Chemistry Chemistry 2 <br />Tuesday Friday<br />EnglishPhysics<br />Wednesday<br />Basic MathematicSaturday<br />Calculus 1<br />14<br />
  30. 30. Organize The Information<br />Prepare charts or summary sheets<br />Integrate notes with text information<br />Make concept maps<br />Predict test questions<br />Memorize, create mnemonics<br />Aim for 100% mastery!<br />15<br />
  31. 31. Memorize Thoroughly<br /><ul><li>Intend to remember
  32. 32. Over learn
  33. 33. Preview/review frequently
  34. 34. RECITE and WRITE!
  35. 35. Learn in as many ways/modalities as possible Visually, kinesthetically, by association, organization (e.g. outline or map), study group…
  36. 36. Focus attention – lose the cell phone dependency!
  37. 37. Schedule time for assimilation
  38. 38. Learn a variety of ways to trigger memory</li></ul>16<br />
  39. 39. Review<br />Lecture notes and textbook notes<br />Study Sheets and study group notes<br />Self-tests<br />Flash Cards<br />Old exams (retake them!)<br />17<br />
  40. 40. Exam Preparation Stage III <br />Day of the Exam<br />Calmly rehearse facts, formulas, ideas<br />Perform deep breathing to relax<br /> Use positive self-talk<br />Arrive at the exam room a few minutes early; not too early!<br />Visualize success!<br />18<br />
  41. 41. Exam Preparation Stage IV <br />During the Exam<br />Perform deep breathing to relax; use positive self-talk<br />Write down formulas on exam before you begin<br />Read the directions VERY carefully; listen for additional directions; ask for clarification<br />Survey the exam and budget your time<br />Share what you know! And you know it all!!!<br />Expect memory blocks<br />Visualize success!<br />19<br />
  42. 42. Exam Preparation Stage V <br />After the Exam Plan<br />Leave the area promptly; don’t talk about the test<br />Let it go!<br />Reward yourself for your hard work<br />Resume preparation for next examination or celebrate that all your exams are over!<br />If your final grade is lower than you expected, ask to see your final exam at beginning of the next term. There may have been a grading mistake.<br />20<br />
  43. 43. General Test-Taking Strategies<br />Relax.<br />Look at the test.<br />Read the directions<br />When you are stuck, move on!<br />Ask for clarification<br />Learn from the test.<br />Concentrate despite distractions.<br />Proofread your work<br />21<br />
  44. 44. Strategies for Science and Mathematic Examinations<br />Develop a list of types of problems<br />Develop problem solving protocols<br /> (steps for solving types of problems)<br />Develop a practice test with randomly arranged problems<br />Practice solving problems quickly <br />22<br />
  45. 45. Strategies for True-False Questions<br />23<br /><ul><li>Go with your hunch.
  46. 46. Don’t look for answer patterns.
  47. 47. Honor exceptions to the rule.
  48. 48. Analyze qualifying terms.</li></li></ul><li>Strategies for Multiple Choice Questions<br />Read the test items carefully and completely.<br />Strike out wrong answers.<br />Mark answers clearly and consistently.<br />Change your answers cautiously.<br />Guess<br />Look for cues.<br />Do not spend time thinking about how the question could have been written better.<br />Check for clues in other questions.<br />24<br />
  49. 49. Strategies for Essay Questions<br />Reflect the question in opening sentence.<br />Write like a reporter.<br />Don’t bluff.<br />Write legibly.<br />Be careful in use of humor.<br />Proofread<br />Anticipate essay questions.<br />Read carefully.<br />Analyze the question.<br />Map your ideas.<br />Create an outline.<br />25<br />
  50. 50. Test Preparation : Long-term Strategies<br />Pace yourself.<br />Commit to a study group.<br />Compare perspectives.<br />Share hunches.<br />Rotate special assignments.<br />26<br />
  51. 51. Test Preparation : Self-Testing<br />Self-Testing<br />Take practice test<br />Use textbooks and notes to predict exam questions.<br />Use Study Aids<br />Create test-like conditions<br />Create flashcards<br />Create mnemonic devices<br />Record your notes<br />Create study checklists<br />27<br />
  52. 52. Test Preparation<br />28<br />Test Preparation<br />Use Study Techniques<br />Balance Life<br />Get Organized<br />Class<br />Material<br />Time<br />Physical<br />Spiritual<br />Emotional<br />Intellectual<br />Social<br />Continuous<br />Process of <br />Learning<br />Intense <br />Study <br />Sessions<br />Concept<br /> Mapping<br />1.goal<br />2.50 minutes<br />3.break<br />4.REVIEW<br />1.preview<br />2.Class<br />3.Review<br />4Intense<br />Study Session<br />REPEAT<br />
  53. 53. Reducing Test Anxiety<br />Plan<br />What you will need to study<br />When you will study<br />To study the material over several days<br />Study<br />In a well lit area at the same time each day<br />In an area free from distraction<br />Extra sources if possible to enhance your understanding<br />29<br />
  54. 54. Reducing Test Anxiety: Do’s & Dont’s <br />Don’t<br />Over-study<br />Study up to the last minute<br />Wait until the day before the test to ask seek help<br />Do<br />Get enough sleep<br />Eat a starch or fruit<br />Get there early<br />Bring extras<br />Bring a watch<br />Take a deep breath<br />Positive Self-talk<br />Pace yourself<br />Answer each question<br />Avoid drug use!<br />30<br />
  55. 55. Mistakes to Avoid!<br />Letting the time “sneak up” on you<br />Basing your judgment of knowledge on your short term memory<br />Letting others derail your study schedule<br />Aiming for less than 100% mastery<br />Failing to believe in yourself!!!<br />
  56. 56. If you think you can, <br />you will!<br />If you think you can’t, <br />you’re right. <br />I KNOW you can!<br />Unlock your excellence!!!<br />32<br />
  57. 57. Q & A<br />There is no success in efficiently<br />completing hundreds of<br />unnecessary tasks<br />33<br />

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