FILL- IN-THE-BLANK Majority related to terminology STRATEGIES Study from back of flash cards Use immediate response, delayed, assisted Use synonym or related phrase 1 word per line Length of line doesn’t matter Sentence should make sense and be grammatically corect Blanks separated by commas are a series of words Blank lines, no comma- specific number of words
FILL-IN-THE-BLANK EXAMPLES 1._________ are clusters of related information that are imprinted in long-term memory. 2.______ _______ memory is temporary and limited. 3.Understanding what you hear is __________ _________. 4._______ % of test questions come from vocabulary. 5. Maslow’s highest level of needs in his hierarchy is called _________ ________.
LISTING QUESTIONS Call for a specific number of ideas STRATEGIES Predict listing questions when you study Underline key words and determine whether the question is closed or open-ended Use immediate response, delayed response, assisted response Substitute a related synonym or phrase Use incomplete sentences
CLOSED QUESTIONS: 1.List the five R’s of the Cornell notetaking system in the order in which they occur. 2.Name the four levels of response that can be used for answering test questions. OPEN QUESTIONS: 1.List at least five strategies that can be used to reduce test anxiety. 2.List six concentration strategies to reduce external distractors.
DEFINITION QUESTION Requires you to retrieve and organize specific information STRATEGIES Read the question carefully. Underline the term to be defined. Use the 3 steps for writing definitions: 1.Name the category associated with the term 2.Give the formal definition 3.Expand the definition with one more detail.
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS A short paragraph, 3-7 well-written sentences Both content and writing skills are important STRATEGIES 1.Identify the direction word and underline the key words 2.Make a mental plan or short list of key ideas to use in your answer 3.Write a strong, focused opening sentence 4.Add additional sentences with specific details 5.Use delayed and assisted responses, if necessary
ESSAY TESTS Requirements: Know the information Retrieve the information Write about relationships Logical thinking Good writing skills Good expressive vocabulary Tips: Start with easiest essay Be neat Write every other line Choose carefully Run out of time- turn in outline Never leave a question out Use a laptop Check the point value
PREPARING FOR ESSAY TESTS GATHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE- CONCEPTS, TRENDS, RELATIONSHIPS PREDICT AND ORGANIZE Topic is unknown: Read course description Study visual aids Create summaries Identify themes Practice Topic is known: Organize material Examine index Review notes Make an outline or map
PREPARING FOR ESSAY TESTS Open book test: Know the index Hi-light important facts & quotes Tab significant pages Take home test: Expectations are higher Writing should be strong and concise Follow same format as in-class essay
STRATEGIES FOR ANSWERING ESSAY QUESTIONS 1.Identify the direction word and underline the key words. 2.Write a strong, focused opening sentence (thesis statement). 3.Plan your answer before you begin writing. Make a brief outline, visual mapping, hierarchy or list of ideas. 4.Develop the body of the essay. (3 or 5 paragraph essay). 5.Summarize your main ideas in a short, concluding paragraph. 6.Proofread and revise.
THESIS STATEMENT Directly states the main point you want to make in the entire essay. Should be the FIRST sentence. Clearly state the topic of the essay Include key words that are a part of the question Show that you understand the direction word Indicate a given number of main ideas you will discuss THE THESIS STATEMENT SERVES AS A GUIDE FOR DEVELOPING THE REST OF YOUR ESSAY. IT INDICATES THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION AND KNOW THE ANSWER
ADDITITIONAL ESSAY-WRITING TIPS 1.When you get your essay tests back, take time to read comments. 2.If you are given a choice of questions to answer, look at the choices carefully. Don’t just pick the shortest. 3.Begin with the easiest essay question 4.Write as neatly as possible 5.Consider writing on every other line. 6.If you aren’t able to finish, turn in your plan. 7.Never leave out a question. Write something on each one. 8.Look at the point value of each question.