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.