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Unformatted text preview: Test-taking strategies Marc R. Roussel Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of Lethbridge January 25, 2011 Taking tests is not a natural thing for most of us. Its something we learn to do. This note suggests some strategies that should help you do as well as you can on your tests. 1 Before the test This may seem obvious, but sometimes people forget this: Study what you dont know. Studying things you already understand feels good, and you may pick up a detail or two that might help you on the test, but you are likely to pick up more marks if you focus your studying on things you havent mastered yet. If possible, look at previous years tests by the same instructor . Most instructors have a well-defined test-writing style. Looking at their past tests will give you an idea of the format to expect, types of questions asked, etc. Are you allowed to bring any resources into the test (formula sheet, textbook, etc.)? If so, spend some time organizing this material. If youre allowed to bring a formula sheet, make sure its well organized and contains only the things you are likely to need since a cluttered...
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