Chapter 8 Book Notes - Heather West Chapter 8 MY OWN NOTES...

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Heather West 7/19/2014 Chapter 8 MY OWN NOTES ASSESS : TEST TAKING SHOWING WHAT YOU KNOW This chapter shows you when you show what you know successfully on tests, you achieve educational goals and develop confidence that you can perform well again and again. Exams also help you gauge your progress and, if necessary, improve your efforts. Most important, smart test preparation results in real learning that you take with you from course to course and into your career and life. As you will see in this chapter, test taking is about preparation, persistence, and strategy—all of which tap into your analytical, creative, and practical abilities. It is also about conquering fears, paying attention to details, and learning from mistakes. PREPARATION CAN IMPROVE TEST PERFORMANCE o The following additional measures will help you to be as prepared as possible for exam day because they will help you put your analytical, creative, and practical thinking skills into action. Identify Test Type and Material Covered Topics that will be covered. Types of questions. Material you will be tested on. Use SQ3R to Identify What’s Important Talk to People Who Already Took the Course Examine Old Tests, If the Instructor Makes Them Available CREATE A STUDY PLAN AND SCHEDULE PREPARE THROUGH CAREFUL REVIEW o A thorough review, using analytical and practical strategies like the following, will give you the best shot at remembering the material you study: Use SQ3R Surveying gives you an overview of topics. Questioning helps you focus on important ideas and determine the meaning. Reading (or, in this case, rereading) reminds you of concepts and supporting information. Reciting helps to anchor the concepts in your head. Reviewing , such as quizzing yourself on the Q-stage questions, summarizing highlighted sections, making key-concept flash cards, and outlining chapters, helps solidify learning. Review Your Notes Time your reviews carefully. Mark up. Organize. Summarize.
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Take a Pretest Use end-of-chapter text questions to create your own pretest. If your course doesn’t have an assigned text, develop questions from your notes and assigned outside readings. Prepare Physically A good night’s sleep will leave you rested and alert and improve your ability to remember the material you studied the night before. Eating a light, well-balanced meal is also important. Make the Most of Last-Minute Studying Cramming—studying intensively and around the clock right before an exam—often results in information going into your head and popping right back out shortly after the exam is over. If learning is your goal, cramming is not a good idea. The reality, however, is that nearly every student crams during college, especially during midterms and finals. Use these hints to make the most of this intensive study time: o Review your flash cards. If you use flash cards, review them one last time.
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