Presentation on theme: "Mid-term Preparation: Effective Study and Exam-Taking Techniques"— Presentation transcript:
1 Mid-term Preparation: Effective Study and Exam-Taking Techniques Presented byDr. Cari KennerAnna Urbanski, GAAcademic Learning CenterSt. Cloud State University
2 Session Overview Tips on What to do Before Studying Tips on What to do Before the ExamTips to Use While Taking MidtermsTips for Objective Exam QuestionsTips for Essay Tests
3 Tips on what to do before studying Make a master list of exams.Know what to expect.Attend class.Complete all assignmentson time.Take notes andreview them regularly.Plan regular study time.Be aware ofyour environment.Study when you’ll bemost attentive.Include dates, time, locations for each classHave an idea about what each exam will be like – paper or comp, comprehensive or section material, essay, MC, etc. ask if you don’t knowNotes on what you read but also in your own words
4 Tips on what to do before the exam Use the 5-Day study plan.Use class and text study guides.Check the textbook website.Reduce distractions.StayFocusd for ChromeAttend or makestudy sessions.Sleep and eat!
5 Tips on what to do before the exam DAY OF THE TESTGet to the classroom early.Allow time for brief review.Sit in front of lecture halls.Keep an eye on the time.
6 Tips to Use While Taking Midterms Read/Skim entire test first.Know the amount of time, and plan sections.Try a “Mind Dump.”Read all directions.Answer questions you know first.If you get anxious, take a short break.Do not rush.Review entire exam before turning it in.
7 Tips for Objective Exam Questions Read entire question, underline key terms.After reading question, think of correct answer before looking at choices.Cross out answers you know are wrong.Tips for Objective Exam Questions
8 Tips for True/False Questions Watch for words like “always” and “never.” They tend to be “false.”Pay attention to every word in the statement.Don’t personalize questions.Mark true only if statement is completely true.Do not add your own reasoning or argument.Tips for True/False Questions
9 True/False practice___ Do not pay attention to every word in a true/false statement.___ Add your own reasoning argument.__ Mark true only if the statement is completely true.FFT
10 Tips for Multiple Choice Questions If an answer looks unfamiliar, it is probably wrong.If two answers are opposites, one of them is probably right.If two answers are similar, read them to see which has the correct info.If two answers mean the same thing but have different wording, neither are correct.If the options are numbers, choose in the middle.Longest answers tend to be correct.Often, “all of the above” is correct.“None of the above” is more likely wrong.Tips for Multiple Choice Questions
11 Multiple choice Practice When answering multiple choice questions,Shortest answers tend to be correct.Shortest answers could be correct.“None of the above” is more likely wrong.None of the above.
12 Tips for Essay Tests Read question carefully. Underline key words, so you know what question is asking.List Name items.Describe/ExplainUse much detail.Compare/ContrastDescribe similarities and differences.DefineList a term and its definition.Give an ExampleDo not define; list applications.Make an outline before you begin.Use an intro and a conclusion.Use questions in your answer.Break into paragraphs, even if small paragraphs.Write neatly, and use a pencil to erase mistakes.Tips for Essay Tests
13 Conclusions Before the Exam During the Exam Essay Questions Objective Questions
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