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Biology FYS/FIG: STUDY SKILLS & TEST TAKING

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Transcript of Biology FYS/FIG: STUDY SKILLS & TEST TAKING

how do you study?
5 DAY STUDY PLAN
ACTIVE LEARNING DURING LECTURES
Study Skills & Test Taking
TEST-TAKING SKILLS
BLOOMS TAXONOMY
What to do DURING READING:
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What to do AFTER READING:
Differences between pre-medical & medical school
notes involve a lot of short-hand, concrete content
12-14 hours a week
studying is recommended to be spent 3 hours/1 hour class time (36+ hours)
paper & pencil/scantron tests
notes -- syllabi or derived from textbooks; 800 page notes??
first 2 years: sciences, 5 days/week, 8 hour days + labs
36+ hours studytime + clincial clerkships (last 2 years)
exams structured based on board licensure exams; critical thinking
Pre-medical
medical school
1965
Benjamin Bloom
3 basic learning domains:
cognitive (knowledge)
affective (emotions)
psychomotor (behavioral)
preparing
yourself to take in new information
the act of
taking in
new information
reviewing
the information to be recalled for a later task (exam, project)
Active learning is:
What to do BEFORE CLASS:
complete assigned readings
prepare questions
review notes from previous class
have materials ready (textbook, pens, highlighters, etc)
get a good night's sleep
contact a reliable classmate for notes if you cannot make it to class that day
What to do DURING CLASS:
take organized notes
have textbook accessible
write down main points & references
use abbreviations
listen for cues such as "important", "in summary", sequence words
ask questions that you may have
What to do AFTER CLASS:
review notes & text at least within 24 hours
compare notes with a reliable classmate
follow up on questions you have had
integrate your class notes with your readings
self-test the information - READ what you have written
accept responsibility as a listener
adopt a positive attitude
minimize distractions
maintain eye contact on the professor
focus on the content
ask questions
ask mental questions & search for the answer in the lecture or discussion
avoid emotional involvement
clue in on verbal communication
monitor your concentration
Ten Tips for Active Listening
Active Learning from Reading
What to do BEFORE READING:
preview the headings, looks at pictures/figures, look at bold & italic words
read objectives, answer questions that chapter offers
turn text headings into questions
plan for a high energy time of day to read (morning)
break up long reads into smaller parts
have materials ready
see out answers to objective questions
monitor concentrations
after each paragraph, ask yourself "what was the main point?"
highlight (but not too much!)
write down main points
look up definitions to words
take reading notes from highlighted material from test
retake or reinforce your notes
answer questions that you formulated
integrate your reading notes with your lecture notes
discuss readings with classmates, teachers, TAs
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POP QUIZ!
DID YOU READ THE INSTRUCTIONS?
the purpose of this pop quiz is to emphasize the importance of READING DIRECTIONS
What to do BEFORE A TEST:
go to all your classes
develop a STUDY PLAN & schedule a week or two to study before the exam
take part in study groups
have materials ready
eat a good breakfast
get a good night's sleep
set up an alarm to make sure you wake up on time
What to do DURING A TEST:
put your name on the required spot
read all instructions, look for bold terms
read each item carefully & fully before looking at the answers; look for clues
read each answer choice completely
skip difficult questions & come back if time permits
when using a scantron, make sure the numbers match!
for essay questions, take time to outline what you want to write
try not to leave any answers blank
What to do AFTER A TEST:
go back over all the questions, look for blank spaces or errors
look over what you missed & ask any questions with your professor
analyze to see which types of questions you missed
review your studying methods & adjust according to what would work for the next exam
determine your overall grade for the course as you progress through the exams
archive your exam for future reference
ACTIVITY
begin 1-2 weeks BEFORE exam
All content from:
Remmers, D. (2010). No Limits: Foundations and Strategies for College Success. Plymouth, MI. Hayden-McNeil Publishing.
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