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EXAM & TEST PREP

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Transcript of EXAM & TEST PREP

THE BIG DAY!
TIPS
Anticipate the answer to the question, then go looking for it (cover up strategy)

PREPARATION
How do you prepare for exams?

DETER
TRUE/FALSE QUESTIONS
PLATFORMS
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Studying:


EXAM & TEST PREP
MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS
Anticipate the answer to the question, then go looking for it


Look for two-part statements (if one part of statement is false then the entire answer is false)

“Never”, “always”, “all”, and “every” usually signals a false answer
ESSAY & SHORT ANSWER
Writing:


OBJECTIVES
Discuss current approach to
exam writing
and identify areas in which they struggle
CONSTRUCTIVE GROUP GUIDELINES
Allow space for different ideas
Read directions carefully





Avoid spending too much time on one question

Review! (Make sure you shaded in the right bubble. Change answers only if you are confident they are incorrect)


ACADEMIC SUPPORT
REMINDERS
Attend FIVE Learning Skills workshops and you will get CCR certified!
THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK!
Translate double negative statements into positive ones
Pay attention to qualifies (e.g. “only”, “not”, “except”, etc)
Underline key words or phrases
Process of elimination
Pay attention to answer choices that contain similar language used in the text and by your professor OR options that grammatically do not fit with the stem
Pay attention to answer choices that look similar (i.e. look for the differences)
"All of the above": If you know two of three options seem correct, "all of the above" is a strong possibility
Echo options: If two options are opposite each other, chances are one of them is correct.
Number choices: be critical of extremely high and extremely low numbers. Toss out the high and low and consider the middle range numbers
ONLY change your first answers if you are SURE of the correction, or other cues in the test cue you to change.
Use hints from questions you know to answer questions you do not
Don't guess if you are penalized for guessing and if you have no basis for your choice
Always guess when there is no penalty for guessing or you can eliminate options
Guessing:
Review
Easiest
Time

Examine
If the question is partly true, it is false
“Usually”, “sometimes”, “most”, “often”, “frequently”, and “generally” usually signals a true answer
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Recognize that
different types of question formats
require
different strategies
to answering questions
Have fun!
Invite feedback
Stay open-minded
Let people take turns
Give attention to speaker (turn off phone etc.)
Be a good listener – don’t interrupt
What does the BIG DAY look like for you?
May often require you to reason through a problem (e.g. question might be phrased as a case scenario)
You must understand the course material thoroughly (i.e. define terms, analyze content, apply content, think critically about it)
Simple recognition is not enough
Consider how topics connect (connect lecture notes with text book notes)
Need to know facts and also how they connect together
Focus on theories, concepts & ideas (big picture!)
Critical & analytical approach to studying
Write & review
Plan before you write
What is the question asking?
Survey the question
Requires that you discuss ideas in an organized and logical way
REMINDERS

Don’t forget to check out our other workshops:

• Time Management
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• Study Skills
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• Presentation Skills
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• Memory and Concentration
• Effective Reading • The Art of Note taking
• Exam and Test Preparation • Group Dynamics
• Ready, Set, Research! • Cite it Right: APA
• Money Management • Stress Management

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=workshop is also available online at humber.ca/learningresources

Directions
Ask for clarification if you don’t understand
Look at the entire test
Answer easiest questions first
More marks = more time
Decide how much time you will spend on each item
For Peer Tutoring & Learning Skills Workshops visit:
3rd floor LRC (North)
WEL 105 (Lake)
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