TIMELINE Start reviewing for the exam EARLY ! (about two-three weeks before the exam day) this will help you avoid stress/panic Allot about 45 minutes -- 1 hour per day to review each topic/key concepts taught PRIORITIZE study time based on difficulty and when the exam occurs in the schedule WEEK(S) BEFORE ➞ DAY BEFORE ➞ DAY OF
STUDY SHEET CREATION Prepare a checklist of major topics Using notes, textbook and course outline Organize the information into categories Vocabulary terms, Formulas, Diagrams Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 Use graphic organizers Charts, Cause ➔ Effect Be selective Reduce information to key ideas and concepts (write down key words and phrases) Limited examples
Repetition Review often and out loud Transfers information from short term memory to long term memory Rehearse out loud Hearing and sight both help your memory Transfers from short to long term memory faster Helps you to detect weaknesses Assign a number
USING STUDY TIME cont’d… Get organized Study sheet Connect information to something you already know and understand Get interested Turning information into personal interest will make it easier to retain Connect information to long term goals (ex. Career) Intend to remember If you decide to remember, you will
USING STUDY TIME cont’d … Keep it short Straight memory work should be 20-30 minutes at a time Review right before bed Brain continues to process information
DAY OF EXAM Eat a healthy breakfast Be at school EARLY at least 15 minutes before the exam start BE PREPARED: Bring pens, pencil, calculator, ruler … Bring Kleenex, watch, book for afterwards Manage your time Set goals for time for the different sections Do not spend too much time on any one question Relax and just try your best!
cont’d… To start, use your class notes and key concepts at the end of each section/chapter from your textbook to compile a summary page of formulas and definitions for each unit, including a clear title and subtitle for each section ( i.e. Title: Analytic Geometry, subtitle: Length formula, Midpoint formula …)
Go over your class notes and review details of the steps to follow when solving each particular type of problem Solve sample questions and problems for each concept cont’d…
Do all Cumulative Exam Review questions This will help ensure that you can still remember and apply each concepts learned on your own Identify areas of difficulty and seek extra help EARLY Work with a study buddy, it helps! cont’d…
Find out format (guides studying) Multiple choice, matching, problems, short answer, diagrams, long answer “SECOND GUESS” your teacher Know weaknesses Ask for extra help early Find out what materials are provided Periodic table, formula sheet, etc.
cont’d… Review past tests, quizzes Create study sheet (minimal pages ex. 1-5) Carry it with you at all times Use all available time
Find out the format of the upcoming exam Find out materials required Pen vs. pencil Dictionaries Class textbooks cont’d…
Review texts Character names Setting names Review key quotes Review writing steps Review past writing assignments for feedback Think of questions/themes of exam “SECOND GUESS” your teacher Prepare outlines of potential questions
Quiet space for study Know the exam STUDY schedule How is your child preparing? Remind students to get extra help for difficult subjects Help with practice Ask questions from tests and study sheet Know the exam schedule Reminder of exam times Remind students to sleep, eat breakfast, and leave early