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Test-Taking Strategies and Bouncing Back from a Bad Grade. What are we going to talk about today? . • Preparing for an exam. • Study tips and tricks. . • Test taking tips. • How to approach different types of problems. • What to do if you get a bad grade. Before an exam.

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Test taking strategies and bouncing back from a bad grade

Test-Taking Strategies andBouncing Back from a Bad Grade


What are we going to talk about today

What are we going to talk about today?

• Preparing for an exam.

• Study tips and tricks.

• Test taking tips.

• How to approach different types of problems.

• What to do if you get a bad grade.


Before an exam

Before an exam

study, study, study!


Where to study

Where to study?

• Library, coffee shop, home…

Wherever you can work comfortably and efficiently!


A few study tips

A few study tips

notes

keyword cards

practice, practice, practice!!!


A few study tips1

A few study tips

• Together or alone?

• Plan ahead.


A few study tips2

A few study tips

• Together or alone?

• Plan ahead.

• Come to Math and Writing Center.

• Think like your professor.

• Don’t forget to take breaks!

• The power nap is your friend.

• Reward yourself!


The night before an exam

The night before an exam

study

sleep!!!!!!


In the morning

In the morning

Dress well, test well!


In the classroom before the exam

In the classroom before the exam

Don’t stress about what you DON’T know.

Be confident in what you DO know!

And arrive on time!


Exam time

Exam time!

Flip through the exam.

• Are you missing a page?

• How long is it?

• Do any of the questions catch or eye? Do you know how to answer them?

Do they look difficult?

Become familiar with the test


Exam time1

Exam time!

2. Start working!

Read all directions carefully!!!

Don’t waste time on what you don’t know.

Ask questions.


Different question types

Different question types

• Multiple choice

• Read the question carefully!

• Think of your own answer before reading the options.

• Eliminate answers you’re confident are wrong.

• Trust your instinct!

Example:

Which of the following is not a mammal?

bat

horse

whale

shark


Different question types1

Different question types

• Short answer questions

• Be sure to answer all parts of the question.

• Show what you know and be specific.

• If you’re unsure, try to make an educated guess. You might get partial credit.

Example:

What was Martin Luther King, Jr. asking for in his “I Have a Dream” speech? What was the significance of where the speech was given, and what important event in American history does he reference in the first few lines of his speech?


Different question types2

Different question types

• Essay questions

• Organize your thoughts.

• Restate the question in your own words as part of your introduction.

• Use clear supporting details and examples to back up your main idea.

• Use good penmanship!


Test taking strategies and bouncing back from a bad grade

Example:

What led to the economic collapse in Armenia following independence in 1991? Include specific events and explain how each contributed to the collapse.


Different question types3

Different question types

• Math problems

• Write down important formulas and rules before you start.

• Answer all parts of the question and remember units!

• Show all of your work! You could get partial credit.

• Does your answer make sense?


Test taking strategies and bouncing back from a bad grade

Does your answer make sense?

Example:

Lusine spent 2000 AMD on oranges and apples at the market. Oranges cost 500 AMD and apples cost 200 AMD. Lusine bought 7 pieces of fruit. How many oranges and apples did she buy?


Exam time2

Exam time!

Check it over!!!!!!!!


What happens if i get a bad grade

What happens if I get a bad grade?

It’s okay!

Treat every mistake as a learning experience.


Look it over

Look it over

• What went wrong?

• Where did I lose points?

• Did I make the same mistake on multiple questions?

• Did I make a silly error, or did I just not understand the material?

• Did I not understand what the question was asking?

• Did the professor leave any comments that might help me understand my mistakes?


Test taking strategies and bouncing back from a bad grade

Accept and own your mistakes, and don’t forget to learn from them!

Your mistakes might even help you on your next exam.


Follow up

Follow up

Are you still feeling lost?

- Talk to your professor!


Points to take home

Points to take home

1) Be prepared.

2) Visit the Math and Writing Center!

3) Be confident in what you know.

4) Work carefully and efficiently.

5) Check it over!!!

6) Learn from your mistakes.


Online resources

Online Resources

• Center for Student Success

Math and writing cheat sheets, other online resources

http://studentsuccess.aua.am/resources/

• Six Minutes to Success videos on various study skills

http://www.baylor.edu/support_programs/index.php?id=92507

• Tips for history/writing exams

https://www.trentu.ca/history/workbook/exampreparation.php

• Tips for Calculus exams

https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~kouba/CalculusTips.html

• General study skills/test prep

http://tlc.uoregon.edu/learningservices/studyskills/testtaking.html


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