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2. Get a good night's sleep and eat a high protein breakfast. Drink plenty of water. Practice guided imagery. visualizations of succeeding on the test. mentally “going where the information is
stored in your brain". or breathing techniques. Don’t study right before the test. Concentrate on being calm and mentally accessing the information you have
already studied. Get to the test a little early.
Don’t engage in negative talk with other students before the test. such as “I'm so nervous - I don't know if I studied enough." Eliminate negative thoughts or self-talk by replacing them with a positive afﬁrrnation. like “I am prepared for the
test and I will do well" or “I am smart — I can do this." Ask your professor if you can use a blank piece of paper during the test (be sure to ask or it may look like you
are cheating). Use the paper for “brain dumping" or “mind mapping" during the exam. Make a decision to ignore students who ﬁnish the test before you. Research shows that students who leave
early usually don’t score as well as those who take more time. 9. Sit as close as possible to the area where you learned the information in class.
Multiple Choice Test Tips
1. Read the directions carefully.
2. Read the sentence stem, think of the answer. and then ﬁnd it in the choices.
3. Pay careful attention to negative words (underline them) in the stem and these are distracters.
4. Read all the options. before choosing.
5. Don't dwell on the ones you don't know. Close your eyes and tell yourself. “the answer will come." mark the During the Test Strategies PPF99‘99’N7‘ 10.
11. question. and then move on to questions you know. Go back to the one(s) you marked and try again — the
answer has probably come to you. Go back to the questions you were unsure of. If the answer hasn't come to you. use one of the strategies below
to help you answer the question. Look for the one that is grammatically correct.
Look for similar words in the question and answer.
Look for the longest and most speciﬁc answer.
Try the "True or False" technique. Stick to the subject matter of the course. Watch out for negatives and extreme wording.
Numbers in the middle range are usually correct.
If two options are opposite. the answer is probably one of them. Research shows the most commonplace answer is “C" followed by .B.._ My favarite tip: selﬂtest beﬁre the
exam and time gourselﬁJhst like a
real test. “None of the above” is seldom correct.
“All of the above" is often correct if the answers are very
speciﬁc. TruelFalse Test Tips 1. 5. 100% qualiﬁers are usually fals_e statements.
no, never, none, every. always, all, only, entirely
Qualiﬁers that fall between extremes are usually true.
seldom, sometimes, often, frequently. most, many. few, some. usually, generally, ordinarily
Remember, if any part of the statement is false, then the entire statement is false.
Pay attention to conjunctions and phrases:
such as, therefore, thus, because, consequently, so, as a result
Pay attention to negative words in the statement.
Not. cannot, can 't, won‘t, don ’t. no Essay Exam Tips Plan Before You Answer: 1. Read the exam carefully. 2. Read all the questions. Note how much time you should allot to each question. 3. Jot cues as you read. Use the “brain dump” technique. 4. Start with the easiest questions. 5. Number parts of a multi-part question (list these as part of your answer). Answering: 1. Understand the question completely (see #5 above). 2. Strive for a complete answer (see #5 above). 3. Brieﬂy outline your answer in the margin of your paper. 4. Use facts and logic. 5. Avoid giving your opinion. unless speciﬁcally directed to give it. 6. Be concise. 7. Write legibly. 8. Reread your answer for clarity. Melting “Brain-freeze" Techniques 1. Recreate the testing scene. Get practice tests from your professor. or ' ’ m
create your own, and take the test in the same time frame you are given in
class with the same kind of distractions. 2. Focus your attention on breathing. Concentrate on the air going in and out of your lungs — long. deep breaths
will calm you and send oxygen to your brain. Do this for two minutes. 3. Hear your negative thoughts and mentally yell: “Stop!" Then. mentally repeat an afﬁrmation such as. “The
answers will come" or “I am smart — I can do this”, several times. 4. Discover where the tension is in your body. Tense and release the muscles in this area and become aware
when relaxation occurs during the release. Focus on the relaxation and recreate the sensation whenever you
choose during the exam. 5. Use guided imagery. This works best if you practice before the test. Close your eyes and see yourself in your favorite. most relaxing place — a beach or forest are good examples. Feel everything about this place, including
sights. sounds. and smells. Once you are proﬁcient. you can take this quick fantasy trip right during the test.
When you are there, mentally tell yourself “Go to the place where the answers are." Take a deep breath. open your eyes and begin writing.
Some material adapted from Master Student. 1 1° Edition. by Dave Ellis ...
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- Fall '09