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Strategies for Test Taking
Successful Test Takers Prepare in
      Three Distinct Ways
Successful Test Takers Prepare in
      Three Distinct Ways

 Learn the Material That Will Be Tested.
Successful Test Takers Prepare in
      Three Distinct Ways

 Learn the Material That Will Be Tested.


 Know How You Will Be Tested.
Successful Test Takers Prepare in
      Three Distinct Ways

 Learn the Material That Will Be Tested.


 Know How You Will Be Tested.


 Make Sure You Are Physically Ready for
  The Test.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.

  – You Must Know the Vocabulary.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.

  – You Must Know the Vocabulary.

  – You Must Know the Relationships.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.

  – You Must Know the Vocabulary.

  – You Must Know the Relationships.

  – You Must Know the Theory.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.


 Active Learning Is Key and Efficient.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.


 Active Learning Is Key and Efficient.

  – Write, Write, Write!!!
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.


 Active Learning Is Key and Efficient.

  – Write, Write, Write!!!
     • 3” x 5” cards…especially useful for vocabulary and
       “factoids.”
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.


 Active Learning Is Key and Efficient.

  – Write, Write, Write!!!
     • 3” x 5” cards…especially useful for vocabulary and
       “factoids.”
     • Use scratch paper when reading.
Learning the Material
 Absolutely Necessary for Success.


 Active Learning Is Key and Efficient.

  – Write, write, write!!!
     • 3” x 5” cards…especially useful for vocabulary and
       “factoids.”
     • Use scratch paper when reading.
     • If you cannot write out an idea in your own words,
       you do not understand it.
Know How You Will Be Tested
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
  Factors.

“You won’t know exactly what type of pitch
  is going to be thrown at you, but knowing
  that the pitcher has a wicked change-up is
  really helpful to a batter.”
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
     • What Is the Test Format?
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
     • What Is the Test Format?
     • Can You Get Copies of “Old” Exams?
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
     • What Is the Test Format?
     • Can You Get Copies of “Old” Exams?
     • Talk to People Who Have Already Taken the Class.
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
     •   What Is the Test Format?
     •   Can You Get Copies of “Old” Exams?
     •   Talk to People Who Have Already Taken the Class.
     •   Know and Understand the Ways the Professor Asks
         Questions.
Know How You Will Be Tested
 You Want to Minimize the “Surprise”
 Factors.
  – Scouting the “Opposition.”
     • What Is the Test Format?
     • Can You Get Copies of “Old” Exams?
     • Talk to People Who Have Already Taken the Class.
     • Know and Understand the Ways the Professor Asks
       Questions.
     • Try to Get an Understanding for the Type of Answer
       the Professor Is Looking for (Depth, Breadth, Rigor,
       Precision, etc.).
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

 Taking a Test Is a Physical Activity.
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

 Taking a Test Is a Physical Activity.
 Being Rested and Ready to Go Is as
  Important to a Test Taker as It Is to an
  Athlete.
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

 Taking a Test Is a Physical Activity.
 Being Rested and Ready to Go Is as
  Important to a Test Taker as It Is to an
  Athlete.
  – You Must Be Awake!
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

 Taking a Test Is a Physical Activity.
 Being Rested and Ready to Go Is as
  Important to a Test Taker as It Is to an
  Athlete.
  – You Must Be Awake!
  – You Must Be Alert!
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

 Taking a Test Is a Physical Activity.
 Being Rested and Ready to Go Is as
  Important to a Test Taker as It Is to an
  Athlete.
  – You Must Be Awake!
  – You Must Be Alert!
  – Fatigue Is Your Enemy!
Make Sure You Are Physically
Ready.

“You may know the material, but if you
  cannot convey that knowledge, you will
  score as poorly as someone who knows
  much less!”
Practical Hints
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
  – Start test preparation well in advance!
  – Lay out a test preparation time-line!
  – Last-minute cramming is generally useless!
  – Accept your level of understanding as of 10
    o’clock the night before the exam.
  – If you find yourself going to the gallows, you
    have a better chance of escape if you are “calm,
    cool, and collected.”
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.
  – Be in bed by midnight at the latest.
  – Do something that will help you relax starting
    at 10:00 p.m.
  – Take a soporific…but avoid anything that will
    impair you the next day.
  – Eat sensibly.
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.

  “It is better to know 80% of the material and be
    able to convey 100% of what you know than to
    know 90% of the material but be only able to
    convey 70%.”
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.
 Understand That Tests Are Not Meant To
  Be Sadomasochistic Exercises.
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.
 Understand That Tests Are Not Meant To
  Be Sadomasochistic Exercises.
 Be Honest With Yourself.
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.
 Understand That Tests Are Not Meant To
  Be Sadomasochistic Exercises.
 Be Honest With Yourself.
 Do Not Cry Over Spilt Milk.
Practical Hints
 Avoid Panic!!!
 Get Plenty of Rest.
 Understand That Tests Are Not Meant To
  Be Sadomasochistic Exercises.
 Be Honest With Yourself.
 Do Not Cry Over Spilt Milk…But Examine
  and Understand What Happened and
  Resolve to Avoid Spilling the Milk in the
  Future. Then, Go Figure it Out!! Act!

				
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