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Chapter 10: Studying and Test Taking

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Abby Alvarez

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Chapter 10: Studying and Test Taking
Previous Tests and Practice Tests can provide great study aids
study copies of old tests if allowed by the instructor
take advantage of practice tests
go to instructor office hours if you have any questions that is related to the upcoming test
Fine Arts and Literature Tests
Study Strategy
Take important key facts from what you do in class.
Helps you determine what kind of questions will be on the test.
Listen for clues that the professor gives you. Ex: If your Professor tells you “write this down” then write them down and review them.
Course Objectives/Your Time is Precious
Be sure to use course objectives in your syllabus effectively.
Making sure you study the right material with save you time and energy.
Managing your study time effectively can mean the difference between high test scores and low test scores.
Study tips: Know your learning style, get a study group, flashcards, and recording lecture or the class.
Don’t face it alone! A study group can help you succeed
- In a study group
you have access to more notes and get some info that are important
experience other people’s perspective about the subject
establish friendships
Test questions will vary, and so should your answer
- Two categories: objective and subjective
Objective = require lower-level thinking because they ask you to recall facts and concepts(multiple choice)
Subjective = ask for your opinion about the materials(short answers)

Study Log
Categorizing Test:
Making sure you put the right amount of time into studying for certain tests

By: Dennise Adame
Kain Coleman
John Pham
Brianna Rodriguez
Abigail Alvarez

Place and Time for Studying

Best time to begin studying is as soon as the semester starts.
Find the kind of environment that works for you.
Some students need to be in a place where there's silence, whereas others need noise to stay focused.

Study is Active
Studying includes a purpose, setting goals and studying actively.
Focus on what you are studying, reviewing notes and even teaching concepts to classmates.
How you study will also help you study effectively.

Study Actively
You will want to study to learn, not to remember.
Transfer information from your short-term memory to long-term memory.
Make connections between concepts and theories so that you can recall the information.
Rewriting or summarizing your notes.
Making connections between what you learned in class and what you have experienced in the real world.

- limit the group to 4-5 people
- study with people that are not close to you to minimize distractions
- exchange contact info and choose a leader
- leader keeps everyone on task if digresses
- assign each member to teach their part
- brings snacks and beverages during study session

Study Groups...
- read statement carefully
- note key words
- frequently, sometimes and a few usually goes towards a true statement
- never, only, always usually goes towards a false statement
- “flip” the statement to see if you’re answer is true or false if it comes to guessing

Tests also come in different forms
- there are different type of tests forms depending on your class
Math and Science Tests
Fine Arts and Literature Tests
Open-Book and Take-Home Tests
Online Tests
Comprehensive Exams

Math and Science Tests
- work through the problem you know first
- if complete the test early, double check your work
- always show your work since you may receive partial credits for your work
- if answering a questions that involve processes or major concepts, best to draw it out
- recall terms and definitions

Work through essay questions firsts to save time for writing portion
Keep in mind major themes and historical importance for written portion
Remember that you will need to explain the significance of selected work and identify key passages, creators, terms and eras.
Open-Book and Take-Home Tests
Maybe harder than regular tests so you still need to study!
Study do you don't spend the majority of your time flipping through the book trying to find the answers!
Maintain Integrity!
Online Tests
Usually timed, try taking a practice test to get a good feel for how much time you will have and what kind of questions here will be
Print results or a completion page if available in case of computer error
Maintain Integrity!
Comprehensive Exams
Reflects culmination of what you have learned all semester
1. Study for all classes regularly, review notes daily
2. Keep notes and course material organized
Begin studying more intensely when you get closer to test date by reviewing most current material and working backwards
Multiple Choice
Learning to use strategies for different types of test questions can help you eliminate obviously wrong answers.
Should read the question carefully.
Eliminate any answers that is obviously wrong.
If you have to guess, eliminate any answer that is misspelled or added false.

Fill-in-the-Blank/Short Answer
Essay Questions
Problem Solving
Questions used so that students can demonstrate or apply the concepts/ideas they have learned.
When answering a Problem- Solving Question:
1. Read the question carefully.
2. Mark multiple parts of the directions.
3. Determine information needed to solve the problem.
4. Break down problem and write down process/operation needed to solve problem.
5. Work through problem
6. Check problem to make sure it was answered completely
Getting Your Body Ready
Eating and sleeping are fundamental to doing well on a test .
Focus on getting regular sleep and eating well
before an exam
Get a good night's rest the night before exam
Avoid refined sugars and caffeine
Maintain good/positive attitude
Eliminate negative self-talk
Used to measure students’ ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate concepts they have learned.
Before test:
Practice with possible topics or sample topics that your teacher gives you
If your teacher doesn’t give you any sample topics create your own from emphasized topics or materials that you spent the most time on
Practice making outlines

During Test:
(Use your time wisely)
Read directions carefully
Create an outline
Create a list of details and transitions so you wont forget about them as you write your essay
Always support your thesis
Use detailed, well-developed answers that use material from the course
Don’t add your own opinion unless specified
Answer question thoroughly and clearly

These questions require you to remember terms or definitions.
Before test:
Use flashcards to study
Front side: term/major concept
Back side: definition/description

During Test:
Read the sentence or question carefully
Make sure to answer the question exactly
Double check spelling

Math and Science Tests

work through the problems you know first
if you complete the test early, double check your work
always show your work
draw out questions that involve processes or major concepts
recall terms and definitions

Set the Stage for a Good Testing Environment
Make sure you have the appropriate supplies
Choose a seat away from any distractions
Sit somewhere you are comfortable
If needed sit somewhere you will be able to see a clock
When the Test Begins:
Read all the questions first and note which ones will take longer to answer
Reading the questions first helps students know what to expect and how to pace themselves
Read directions carefully and mark any specific instructions
Time spent on test sections should be based on types of question in the section, your comfort level with questions, and amount of points the section is worth
Work through easier problems first and return to harder one later
Leave 5 to 10 minutes to check work
Keep Your Test Anxiety In Moderation
Test taking strategies & suggestions for exam preparation help reduce anxiety
Some nervousness is normal; it can give an adrenaline boost
Coping With Anxiety:
Take deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed to help you stay in control
Visualize yourself relaxing and receiving good grade on exam to reduce doubt and stress
Set the Stage for a Good Testing Environment
When the Test Begins:
Read all questions first, this helps student know what to expect and how to pace themselves.
Read directions carefully and make note of any specific instructions.
Before starting test determine how much time you will need to answer each section.
Time spent on sections should be based on the type of questions, your comfort level, and amount of points the section is worth.
Work through easier questions first and return to more difficult ones afterwords
Leave 5-10 minutes to revise your answers
Exams Test Your Integrity
During Test:
No notes, books, or classmates can be used as s reference
Clear desk of materials not required for exam
Professors trust their students to act maturely, responsibly, and to be honest.
When a student is caught cheating it damages the professors trust in them and the class.
Make sure you have appropriate supplies
Sit away from any distraction
Sit somewhere you feel comfortable.
Sit somewhere you can see a clock (if needed)
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