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  • Purpose: Three main goals for this workshop.To provide strategies for effective exam preparationTo provide tips for improving exam performanceTo provide resources for development of effective skills for test anxiety managementExams at university = major part of your grade so step #1 for exam success = identifying key areas you need to improve
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  • Part 1: EXAM PREPARATION: How Do You Study for Exams?It’s very common to feel overwhelmed by the amount of content to study in university vs. high school (In high school memorizing key facts, dates and theories would essentially guarantee you test success. In university (though you still need to rely on those key pieces) the focus is more toward thinking critically and building connections. With so much to study, it can be hard to know where to begin and common to begin too late. Many of us procrastinate and resort to cramming for our exams.. often resulting in a lot of anxiety and stress. Worrying won’t help. Know that you’re not alone and that you’ve already taken steps to get started by signing up for this course Exam prep is easier if you:1) attend all classes(You may feel that all the course material has been covered already and the final week of class is only review… but these last lectures can be the most important for gaining valuable info re: your exam structure/content. This is definitely not a great time to skip class!)2) take good notes (see Note-taking Toolkit http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/get-started/study-toolkits/notetaking-toolkit/)3) manage your time well (see Time Management Toolkit http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/get-started/study-toolkits/time-management-toolkit/) Next 2 are really about what you should be doing all term long. I’m highlighting them here only to show you some resources for next term if you feel this is an area you need to improve on in the future. (Toggle to Learning Commons site for toolkits and workshop links). 
  • By the last week of classes, you should have all the materials you might need to study for your exam (syllabus, lecture notes/slides, hand-outs, readings…) Think of the course you are most concerned about right now and ask yourself if you have all the study materials you will need gathered in one place at this moment. (check or ‘x’…)(A pile on the corner of the desk works. Don’t worry if it’s perfectly arranged. This is a classic procrastination move  Many of us get stuck wasting a lot of time at this stage). Instead, think about why you need to be taking inventory to guide how you go about it.
  • Poll Notes: You can’t ask exactly what will be asked on the exam but it is perfectly appropriate to ask your professors/TAs these questions.Practice Exams – see links for places to look in handbook.Check your course website, ask your prof or TA, classmates, etc. Math exams. http://www.math.ubc.ca/Ugrad/pastExams/Physics exams. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/11225Chemistry or Biology exams, the Science club often sells some practice exams for a good price ~$10Prep101 http://www.prep101.com/book.php?school=13 (Please note: This organization is not directly affiliated with the university so check for instructor names and dates to be sure these are a good reflection of current UBC courses.AMS Tutoring Office was in charge of maintaining the Exam Database in the past. Feel free to contact them at tutoring@ams.ubc.ca or 604-822-9084 with any questions about future plans for storing practice exams.
  • Poll Notes: You can’t ask exactly what will be asked on the exam but it is perfectly appropriate to ask your professors/TAs these questions.Practice Exams – see links for places to look in handbook.Check your course website, ask your prof or TA, classmates, etc. Math exams. http://www.math.ubc.ca/Ugrad/pastExams/Physics exams. https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/11225Chemistry or Biology exams, the Science club often sells some practice exams for a good price ~$10Prep101 http://www.prep101.com/book.php?school=13 (Please note: This organization is not directly affiliated with the university so check for instructor names and dates to be sure these are a good reflection of current UBC courses.AMS Tutoring Office was in charge of maintaining the Exam Database in the past. Feel free to contact them at tutoring@ams.ubc.ca or 604-822-9084 with any questions about future plans for storing practice exams.
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    1. 1. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Exam Strategies: Avoid Exam Anxiety, Prepare Effectively & Perform Your Best 2010 – 2011Adapted from the Learning Skills Workshops by UBC Student Development & Services
    2. 2. The University of British Columbia | VancouverWhat you’ll walk away with today:1. Information to help control exam anxiety.2. Strategies for effective exam preparation.3. Tips to improve exam question performance. Walk | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved December 1, 2010, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/inrime_nasrul/649289457/
    3. 3. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Exam Anxiety: Self – Assessment Complete and submit poll question.
    4. 4. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Think about the exam you are most concerned about right now. On a scale of 1-5 (where 1= totally relaxed and 5 = complete panic) how do you feel about that exam right now? Please respond and click submit. 12345
    5. 5. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver BLOOM’S TAXONOMYUnderstand the Different Types of Questions that A Professor Could Ask
    6. 6. The University of British Columbia | VancouverWhat can you do to control exam anxiety? All sizes | Stress Test Flier for Universities | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved November 30, 2010, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/anonymous9000/2851559734/sizes/m/in/photostream/
    7. 7. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Exam Anxiety: Good or bad? Yerkes-Dodson Law Performance or efficiency Stress or anxietyFatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment. ~ Dale Carnegie
    8. 8. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver In-Class Oxygenator 1. Straighten Spine 2. Tense All Muscles 3. Breathe Deeply 3 Times 4. Repeat Step 2
    9. 9. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Please share one strategy you use to avoid exam anxiety.
    10. 10. The University of British Columbia | VancouverExam prep is easier when you… 1. Attend all classes. 2. Take good notes. 3. Manage your time well. All sizes | dessert plates ready for preparation | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2010, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/waferboard/4413566883/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    11. 11. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver UBC Learning Commons
    12. 12. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Size Up Your Exam – Consider what it might look like to know how and what to study
    13. 13. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Why do you think it’s important to take inventory before you start studying for exams?
    14. 14. The University of British Columbia | VancouverStudent Development 1. Get missing notes/info. 2. Decide what to study in depth. 3. Consider content your instructor emphasized. 4. Identify concepts you need help with. 5. Anticipate your exam format, possible questions. Dear dairy | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved January 19, 2011, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/chucknado/4715543683/
    15. 15. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Do you know what your exam will look like?All sizes | final exam | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved December 2, 2010, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcjohn/74907741/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    16. 16. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll What is your most challenging upcoming exam? (i.e. Chem 260)
    17. 17. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Do you know if your exam... If your answer is yes, please check all that apply and click submit. is cumulative? is based mainly on lectures, the text, other readings? includes choices (i.e. choose 2 of 5 questions)? has short answer, essay, multiple-choice questions? provides important additional material (i.e. formula sheets)?
    18. 18. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Strategies to achieve the outcome you want. Practice exams Ask alumni See your prof or TA Learning Commons  tutoring  study groups Differential Equations | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved February 5, 2011, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/meneldur/59465632/
    19. 19. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Types of Exam Questions 1. Multiple Choice 2. True – False 3. Short Answer 4. Essay All sizes | Stress | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved December 2, 2010, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/justin_d_miller/5139225141/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    20. 20. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Your Turn #139/365 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved January 15, 2011, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirstea/5100604548/
    21. 21. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll(s) (can also do polls separately for each type of exam question) Share the best tip you learned for tackling exam questions. Identify the type of exam question and one useful strategy.
    22. 22. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Making A Study Plan By Donato Bramante (Template:FrancoBorsi: Bramante, Milan1989, p. 75) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html" class="external free" rel="nofollow">http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html</a>)], via Wikimedia Commons
    23. 23. The University of British Columbia | VancouverHow do you study best? All sizes | Study | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved December 2, 2010, fromhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/23771587@N08/2407983862/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    24. 24. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Chat poll Share in the text chat box about some key elements that help you stay focused and in your optimal ‘study zone’.
    25. 25. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver What Are Your Priorities? Course Date of Type of Exam Current Desired Study Details Exam Grade GradeBIOL 335 – Dec 14th - Short answer and 65% 75% - high studyMolecular (8:30 – essay questions priorityGenetics 11:30AM) - Cumulative - lots of effort - Worth 70% of final requiredNote: grade Note: - need toExample only Need 80% condense allthis is not the on final to notes in next 3date of the achieve days (~5hrs)actual exam!! desired - review and set grade!!. up time to meet prof/TA for help with questions
    26. 26. The University of British Columbia | VancouverGet started in 5 minutes. Review and summarize all notes from lectures/readings/assignments. Condense all notes into 1-2 sheets that you can reconstruct by memory. Review previous exams and practice answering questions.
    27. 27. The University of British Columbia | VancouverReady, Set, Action  Personalize Yo u r A c t i o n Plan A c h i e v e Yo u r Academic Goals Calum Jumping | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved January 21, 2011, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex012/4784145452/in/photostream/
    28. 28. The University of British Columbia | VancouverAction Items
    29. 29. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Did you learn at least one new thing, or gain one new piece of valuable information from this workshop that will help you to achieve your desired exam outcome(s)? Please respond and click submit. Yes No
    30. 30. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Insert poll Share the best strategies you learned today. Please type a numbered list of 3 specific things you will do to help you succeed on your upcoming exams.
    31. 31. The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Stay In Touch eMail | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved January 16, 2011, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/esparta/1609874001/

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