Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

Writing and using a "cheat sheet"

Some teachers at school and university allow their students to take a "cheat sheet" - a page of written notes - into their exams. This prezi goes with a seminar on how to make the best use of this opportunity.
by

David Butler

on 28 August 2013

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Writing and using a "cheat sheet"

WRITING AND USING A
CHEAT
CHEAT SHEET
CHEAT SHEET
CHEAT SHEET
CHEAT SHEET
THE PROCESS OF WRITING A
THE
USEFULNESS
OF A

USING
YOUR

A "CHEAT SHEET" is a page of handwritten notes that your course rules explicitly say you are allowed to take into your exam.
MAKING A GOOD
GOOD ADVICE
FOLLOW THE RULES
Must be EASY for YOU
to find things on it
to know what it means
make it readable
use space wisely
organise things on the page
use signposts
They might take it away if you don't!
handwritten or typed?
one or two sided
A4
ONE piece of paper
three words are better than ten!
a picture speaks a thousand words
headings
arrows
borders
colour-coding
Things you need help remembering
specific
formulas
processes
... keeping in mind
the GOOD ADVICE
NOT worked examples
WHAT TO PUT ON IT
reminders
FOR
YOU
FOR YOUR
LECTURER
WHY THIS PROCESS
THE PROCESS
BEFORE
THE EXAM
READING TIME
DURING
THE EXAM
Maths Learning Centre
The University of Adelaide
SHEET
Main concerns:
UNDERSTANDING CONCEPTS
SOLVING PROBLEMS
Means to an end:
REMEMBERING facts, formulas and procedures
The CHEAT SHEET deals with THIS
So the EXAM can focus on THIS
It saves you a lot of stress
Don't have to waste energy on MEMORY
Can focus on UNDERSTANDING instead
Safety net
Helps you to study
Practise exams with your cheat sheet
Good to practise exams anyway!
Helps to improve your cheat sheet
Helps to learn where things are
Use it to help you focus
Decide which part of your CHEAT SHEET goes with each EXAM QUESTION
HEADINGS on the cheat sheet help with this
Decide which FACTS, FORMULAS and PROCESSES go with each QUESTION PART
Use it to help you finish
Helps not to miss anything
LISTS and PROCESSES help with this
Helps when you're stuck
Might give inspiration
What the exam is really about!
PREPARATION
WRITING AND EDITING
Sort the CONCEPTS you need to UNDERSTAND
Sort the FACTS, FORMULAS and PROCESSES
you need to REMEMBER
Find out what you need HELP to REMEMBER
WRITE the cheat sheet
PRACTICE using it in exam situation
EDIT the cheat sheet
Summarise notes
Organise ideas
Ask yourself questions
Get from the assignments
Which is most used?
Try to remember
What was useful?
Was there anything missing?
Can I make it easier to use?
Anything missing or incorrect?
SOME
RESEARCH
Cheat sheet
Know won't use it
The winner is:
Helps you understand concepts
Helps you put the most useful things on
Helps you make it easy to use
No extra things stuck on
Most lined paper is NOT A4
So you remember them exactly
eg "SOH CAH TOA"
neat writing is good
too small writing is bad
put some space between things
The moral is:
And no cheat sheet can do that for you!
Lists
Mind-maps
Connections
Why is this here?
How are things connected?
What would happen if... ?
Write down everything you're expected to remember, every time you're expected to remember it
try lining things up
tables and lists
definitions
connected information
Which is what the exam is about!
The loser is:
Cheat sheet
Don't know won't use it
Take from that what you will
Handwrite anyway -- it helps to remember.
But if you MUST then PLEASE mark the steps of the process
you really need to understand!
T. N. Dorsel and G. W. Cundiff, "The Cheat-Sheet: Efficient Coding Device or Indispensable Crutch?", The Journal of Experimental Education, Vol 48, No 1 (1979) 39-42
No cheat sheet
Cheat sheet
Know will use it
Cheat sheet
Don't know won't use it
TEST
LEARN SOMETHING
TEST AGAIN
Cheat sheet
Know won't use it
FOUR GROUPS OF STUDENTS
SOME
EXAMPLES
The story
Stats lecturer asked us to help the students use cheat sheets.
Talking to staff...
Talking to students...
Literature search...
Began to prepare a seminar for students:
Had many questions about cheat sheets now.
... they all have an opinion.
... helps them study.
... don't actually use it.
... mainly refer to Year 12 maths.
... often anecdotal.
... not about maths exams.
... inconclusive at best.
... contradictory at worst.
Internet search...
... how to actually cheat.
... how to cram the most on.
Surveyed students to find out more.
of our research
Survey results
How do they use their cheat sheets?
Formulas, lists, procedures, definitions
Worked examples, past exam questions
Inspiration
How do they make their cheat sheets?
Way to organise thoughts
Distractor from other study
How useful do they find the cheat sheet?
"Very useful" because had all the formulas
Only "moderately useful" because they didn't use all of it all the time
How does it affect their stress?
Reduced because it stopped worry
Reduced because helped to study
Increased because afraid of doing it wrong
Full transcript