Midterm Success! Buff up your study skills to ACE your midterms. Russell Conwell Center Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Goals • By the end of this Workshop, you should be able to: • Understand key elements of exam preparation • Create and use note cards to enhance your study skills • Enact an 8-day study plan
What problems are you currently having with preparing for exams? • Take a moment to complete: “Exam Prep: A Self Check” • The answer to all of these items should be YES • Review your answers and LIST areas that need improvement. • Use these items to guide your test prep
Next Step: Know theKey Elements of Exam Prep 1. Know what the exam will cover • Check your syllabus (this should outline what you covered) • Talk to your classmates • Go to office hours for your instructor
Key Elements of Exam Prep 2. Know what type of exam will be given • Match the method of study to the kind of exam you will be given • (hint: you wouldn’t use note cards to study for an essay exam) • For test-taking tips based on test type (multiple-choice, essay, short answer, etc) go to: TestTakingTips.com
Key Elements of Exam Prep 3. Avoid procrastination • If you wait until the last-minute to study, you’ll remember less and stress more • Use your TU Calendar to effectively manage your time; utilize free time to prepare for exams in advance.
Just Click on the link that says “Calendar” in your TUmail and start planning!
Example: TU Calendar You can set aside times to study as well as keep track of appointments and events
Key Elements of Exam Prep 4. Use memory techniques • There are many tricks you can use to remember important concepts for exams • Check out AcademicTips.org for more information!
Key Elements of Exam Prep 5. Make sure you’ve taken adequate notes and read the text • Get any notes that you’ve missed • For some great tips go to NoteTakingHelp.com
Key elements of exam preparation • Have the proper attitude • Motivation is key!
Key elements of exam preparation 7. Monitor your anxiety level • A little anxiety is good, but a lot will hurt your performance • For advice in overcoming test anxiety go to StudyGS.net
Key elements of exam preparation 8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions • Ask during class, over e-mail, at tutoring and in your study group • Ask EARLY and OFTEN, preferably NOT the night before the exam
Key elements of exam preparation 9. Look for (or create) practice tests and questions • Form a study group and have each member identify possible test questions. Write each other practice tests • Ask the instructor for any old tests, if available
Key Elements of Exam Prep 10. Know what study techniques work for you • For example…NOTE CARDS • Note cards can be good when: • when you are a visual learner • when you will be given an objective test • You need to memorize facts or concepts • You want to quiz yourself
Creating and Using Note Cards • Using them the right way • frequently shuffle the cards to keep from learning them in order • use only one concept per card- they aren’t designed to hold more • use your own words- by putting concepts in your own words, you’re actively learning while you create them • take out the ones you know until the final review- don’t waste your time studying things you already know • For examples go to Bucks.edu
The Eight Day Study Plan • Download the 8-day Study Plan • Use this as a framework for creating your study schedule. • Set your tasks and get them on your TU Calendar!
Summary • Re-reading your text and notes IS NOT ENOUGH to prepare you for an exam. You will need to have good study strategies and a good study plan. • It’s also important that you know where to go for additional help, including instructor office hours, tutoring centers, etc.
Apply what you’ve learned Midterms are coming up soon! Get your study-self in gear!