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Before Your Test Review -- Advanced Prep

1.   Early in the course find out:

  • The type of exams (e.g., essays vs. multiple choice).
  • The date of the exams.
  • The scope of the exams (e.g., Are you responsible for dates? Formulas? Derivations?).
  • Where the exam material comes from (i.e., how much from each book and how much from the lectures).

2.   Pay special attention to:

  • Things the professor says will be on the test.
  • Material that is not in the book.
  • Terms, diagrams, etc., that were put on the board.

3.   Schedule intermediate reviews:

  • Recite from your lecture notes.
  • Take notes on text and recite from these notes.
  • This prevents a marathon review.
  • This strengthens the memory trace.

4.   Use old tests as study aids:

  • EXAMINE OLD MIDTERMS AND FINAL EXAMS FROM PREVIOUS SEMESTERS
    • They may be on file at the library or at the department office.
    • Find someone who has taken the course and ask him/her about prof's style.
    • Analyze the prof's testing style (i.e., does s/he like creativity or memorization, main points or details).
    • Use them as practice test questions.
  • USE YOUR EARLIER MIDTERMS
    • ANALYZE YOUR MISTAKES.
      • Did you misread the question?
      • Did you fail to get something important into your notes?
    • NOTE THE GRADER'S COMMENTS.
    • ANALYZE THE PROF'S TESTING STYLE.
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