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Exam Prep 2


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Exam Prep 2

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