TEST TAKING STRATEGIES Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
BEFORE AVOID CRAMMING! Attend class all the time Review readings/notes on a regular basis. Doing this doesnt take MORE time – it SAVES time! Calkins, 9/10 Becker College Create review tools (e.g., flash cards) Arrive Early Sleep - Being alert helps you recall material. Eat a good protein based meal before the test. Avoid negative self-talk. BREATHE – it oxygenates your brain cells!
DURING Look over the entire test first Be sure you answered all questions Calkins, 9/10 Becker College Change answers only when youre SURE! If you have time left over, edit, check, & proofread. Why rush? Read each question carefully If you go blank on a question, leave it, mark it & return later. Ask instructor for help in interpreting any question that is unclear.
AFTER Analyze your test performance What questions did you breeze through? What questions did you miss and why? Calkins, 9/10 Becker College Reward Yourself! What can you do to improve next time? –Tutoring? –Better Study Schedule? –Go to class more often?
Remember to watch for absolute terms 1.In his famous study of infant baboons, Bourth showed that the effect of SAB was _____. a. They inevitably displayed a submission posture. b. All infants react with instant aggression. c. Afterwards, they never showed affection for their mothers d. They tended to isolate themselves from the group e. They retreated in every case Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
Oregon is the only Western state listed 2. The Western state with the highest number of KUGS in 1951 was _____. a. Oregon b. New York c. Denver d. Pennsylvania e. Los Angeles Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
Answer choices a & c cancel each other out. Answer choices d & e contradict each other. 3. When comparing LOK and ZIB, Hobsons experiments found that _____. a. LOK is easier b. ZIB is easier c. ZIB is more difficult d. Both a and b e. Both b and c Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
Its the absolutes again! 4. During the critical early years of childhood, the effect of BOF is _____. a. The children never learn to relate to others. b. Juvenile delinquency in every case. c. A tendency toward speech difficulties. d. Inevitable mental retardation. Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
Choice d is the only one that has to do with memory. 5. The research of R. Smith shows that the effect of GIK on childrens memory was _____. a. They became more active in their everyday movements. b. In most cases sex drive diminished. c. Appetites generally improved. d. Their recall was made more difficult. Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
Strategies for Essay Questions Read the question carefully. Circle the verb & key words. Organize your thoughts. Make notes on scrap paper before starting to write. Calkins, 9/10 Becker College Write your answer clearly. Use correct grammar and punctuation. Re-read your answer before handing in the test.
THE VERBS (Use with handout) Analyze -- Break into separate parts & discuss each part Explain – Make idea clear; show how idea developed; give reasons for an event. Evaluate -- Give your opinion or cite the opinion of an expert. Include evidence to support the evaluation. Summarize -- Give a brief, concise account, incl. conclusions. Describe -- Give a detailed account; list characteristics, qualities & parts. Define -- Give the meaning (usually specific to course/subj); usually brief. Compare -- Examine 2 or more things. Identify similarities. Contrast -- Examine 2 or more things. Identify differences. Calkins, 9/10 Becker College
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