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1 Test and Assignment StrategiesThat Really Work! A Student Services Workshop

2 6/6/ Does This Sound Familiar? I do so well on class work, but when I get to the test, I just freeze! I have no idea how to study for tests in this course! I always think Ive done well on a test or assignment, and am so disappointed when it comes back with a poor mark. I always seem to be losing marks on assignments…but I dont really know why. I am not getting a mark in this class that reflects what I know.

3 6/6/ Part 1: Why can studying for tests be such a challenging task? It can be overwhelming to study weeks of material from a course for one test – so much to remember! The test can pull together several concepts from a unit – can create confusion You are still juggling other courses and commitments while trying to prepare for a test Some students can prepare adequately for the test but freeze when its time to write it – such a frustrating experience! We dont teach students how to study effectively for each subject area, and we assume that they know how to do this by the time they get to high school

4 6/6/ Part 2: Why can working on assignments be such a challenging task? Assignment expectations are not clear in the students mind from the start – and clarification questions are not asked The student doesnt know where to begin or what steps need to be taken to complete the assignment The student doesnt budget enough time to do each part of the assignment as well as they would like The student doesnt do a final check of the assignment to ensure that they met all assignment expectations

5 6/6/ How do students make test and assignment preparation an even MORE stressful experience? They have unorganized an/or incomplete notes They have not been asking questions along the way to ensure understanding They dont budget their time wisely or start studying/working far enough ahead of time They dont consider ways to make the most of their study time They dont recognize the time and effort that will be required to adequately prepare They dont adjust other priorities to be able to put in the time required to do well

6 6/6/ Test and Assignment Preparation Strategies Quiz Take a moment to complete the quiz in your package and then score yourself using the key at the bottom of the quiz. How much work do you need to do to become better at test and assignment preparation?

7 6/6/ The Two Phases of Successful Test Writing Phase One: The Preparation –Paying attention in class –Organizing notes –Setting Priorities –Reviewing –Seeking clarification –Taking care of yourself Phase Two: The Writing –Remaining Calm –Start with what you know –Seeking clarification –Managing your time

8 6/6/ Phase One: The Preparation Throughout the semester you should be… Paying attention in class Asking questions as soon as you dont understand something Doing your homework daily Reviewing your notes regularly

9 6/6/ Phase One: The Preparation Continued… In the week leading up to the test, there are many practical and effective strategies to ensure that you are as prepared as possible. Lets flip to your package to explore these in more detail.

10 6/6/ Phase Two: The Writing Now that the test day has arrived, there are other strategies you can implement to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. Lets check out the Tips for Test-Taking in your package.

11 6/6/ Coping with Test Anxiety Test anxiety can be a major concern for students both during the preparation and the writing phases. There are lots of useful strategies that can be applied to reduce stress and maximize results for the student Lets look at your package to explore some of these strategies

12 6/6/ Different Types of Test Questions Different kinds of tests will call for different types of question styles – multiple choice, matching, short answer, longer answer, essay or paragraph style etc. Every type of question has a series of tips and tricks that help students maximize their success on that question type Lets explore in your package…

13 6/6/ Assignment Preparation Strategies Regardless of the subject area, there are some key steps that students should follow to be successful on any assignment Lets look at the steps in your package- as well as the assignment preparation template

14 6/6/ In Summary… Tests and assignments are a major part of the evaluation in any high school course These are common challenge areas for students – they can pull together lots of different concepts and require considerable preparation Implementing the strategies outlined in this package can make a great difference to your success in these areas – give them a try and let me know how they work for you!


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