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  • Welcome! Have some free food! Get ready to learn!
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  • Student Success Center Seminar Series Speaker: Chris Coughlin
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  • Test Taking Strategies How to get that A you always wanted you always wanted
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  • What will be covered.. Techniques for improving your test taking abilities including: Techniques for improving your test taking abilities including: Physical, emotional, and mental preparation Study strategies Overcoming test anxiety Test taking tips for the many types of tests Avoiding academic dishonesty
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  • Self assessment 1. __ I always begin studying for an exam at least a week in advance 1. __ I always begin studying for an exam at least a week in advance 2. __ I usually find that my class notes are very helpful when Im preparing for an exam 2. __ I usually find that my class notes are very helpful when Im preparing for an exam 3. __ I usually study for an exam with at least one other person 3. __ I usually study for an exam with at least one other person 4. __ I usually know what to expect on a test before I go into the exam 4. __ I usually know what to expect on a test before I go into the exam 5. __ I study for tests by predicting possible questions and seeing if I am prepared to answer them 5. __ I study for tests by predicting possible questions and seeing if I am prepared to answer them
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  • Self Assesment 6. __ I predict essay questions and develop outlines of the answers 6. __ I predict essay questions and develop outlines of the answers 7. __ I am careful to maintain good eating, sleeping, and exercise habits before exams 7. __ I am careful to maintain good eating, sleeping, and exercise habits before exams 8. __ If I finish an exam early or on time, I recheck my paper 8. __ If I finish an exam early or on time, I recheck my paper 9. __ I usually know that I have done well on an exam when I finish. 9. __ I usually know that I have done well on an exam when I finish. 10. __ I seldom feel overly nervous when studying for or taking exams
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  • Exam Preparation Starts at the beginning of the semester Starts at the beginning of the semester Talk to the instructor Structure of tests Time allowed Time management Make a schedule
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  • Physical Preparation Get plenty of sleep Get plenty of sleep Staying up late to cram the night before will impair your mental abilities Get exercise Get exercise Aerobic activities reduce stress Keeps you relaxed, positive, and provides study breaks Eat right Eat right Eat breakfast before an exam to give you the energy you need
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  • Emotional Preparation Know the material Know the material Confidence is important or doing well Practice relaxation techniques Practice relaxation techniques Go for a run Sit in a quite area and take a few deep breaths Do some stretches Positive self-talk Positive self-talk Remind yourself that you are prepared, and will do great! Self Fulfilling Prophecy
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  • Planning for Success Find out about the test Find out about the test Leave no unanswered questions Schedule out study time Schedule out study time Leave plenty of time to prepare Study Groups Study Groups Get a group of people together to review for tests Quiz each other, teach each other
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  • Planning for Success Get a tutor Get a tutor At the SSC we have tutors for most core classes Get help early on Go to: www.valdosta.edu/ssc www.valdosta.edu/ssc Or call: 333-7570 Or call: 333-7570 to schedule appointments to schedule appointments We are always here to help! We are always here to help!
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  • Studying for Tests Make Review Sheets Make Review Sheets Condense notes into units for easy management Make a list of key terms for quick reference and study Flash Cards Flash Cards Great for making use of dead time (waiting for the bus, waiting for a class to start etc.)
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  • Studying for Tests Write summaries of class topics Write summaries of class topics A good way to judge your know how is to explain what you have learned to someone else
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  • Test Anxiety Sources of Test Anxiety Sources of Test Anxiety Pressure to Succeed Expectations of loved ones Lack of preparation
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  • Test Anxiety Specific or generalized Specific or generalized One test will not make or break you Anxious about a specific type of test? Specific subject? practice, practice, practice
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  • Test Anxiety Symptoms - can manifest at different times for different people: Symptoms - can manifest at different times for different people: butterflies in the stomach Feeling queasy or nauseous Headaches Fast heartbeat Hyperventilating Shaking Sweating Muscle cramps
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  • Test Anxiety During the test During the test Experience the sensation of going blank Undermines all test preparation Severe Test Anxiety Severe Test Anxiety If you become physically ill please seek help from a physician, campus health services, or a counselor
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  • Test Anxiety Combating Test Anxiety Combating Test Anxiety Study hard, eat right, and get lots of sleep Long deep breathes, and a slow exhale Stretch routines Stay positive
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  • Types of Tests Problem-Solving Tests Problem-Solving Tests In the sciences, math, statistics, etc. Show all work to avoid careless mistakes Read all directions carefully Double check work when done
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  • Types of Tests Machine-Scored Tests Machine-Scored Tests Fill out all personal information required on answer sheet Fill in each answer fully Make sure the number on answer sheet corresponds to the number on the question Erase stray marks
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  • Types of Tests Computerized Tests Computerized Tests Make sure you are comfortable with the format Ask professor to clarify anything you dont understand If available, take practice tests
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  • Types of Tests Laboratory Tests Laboratory Tests Always attend Lab! This is where you practice for the exams Review notes Review notes Also, practice drawing any diagrams you might be required to recreate
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  • Types of Tests Open-Book/Open-Note Tests Open-Book/Open-Note Tests Usually HARDER than closed-book/closed- note tests Professor expects more from your answers Study and organize your notes Make sure you know where everything is in your book Do not make the mistake of not studying, just because your book is there Looking things up in your notes or book takes time!
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  • Types of Tests Take-Home Tests Take-Home Tests Usually HARDER than in-class tests Allow plenty of time to complete the take home test Your professor usually expects more from your answers Check with professor to find out to what extent collaboration is allowed
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  • Tips for Test Taking Essay Questions Essay Questions Budget the time Read the question carefully Make an outline first Make answers clear, concise, and organized Know the key task words Examples: Compare, Analyze, Contrast, Criticize, Define, Describe, Discuss, Evaluate, Etc.
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  • Tips for Test Taking Multiple-Choice Questions Multiple-Choice Questions Read the question, and generate your own answer Pick the answer that best matches your own If you dont know the answer to a question right away, narrow down your options Skip questions you dont know and comeback later. A later question might give a clue to its answer!
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  • Tips for Test Taking Fill-in-the-Blank Questions Fill-in-the-Blank Questions If you dont know it right away, generate a few possible answers Pick the one you feel best fits the question True/False Questions True/False Questions For a question to be true, every detail must be true Definite terms such as always, never, only are usually false Dont second guess yourself when a sequence of questions is all true or all false
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  • Tips for Test Taking Matching Questions Matching Questions Review all terms and descriptions before answering Match the ones you are most sure of Use process of elimination to help finish
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  • Before the Test Get to class a little early Get to class a little early Make sure you have all the materials you need Go to the bathroom, get a drink of water Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself
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  • When You Get Your Test Skim over the whole test to get the big picture, schedule time accordingly Skim over the whole test to get the big picture, schedule time accordingly Mind Dump On some tests it is helpful to write a few notes down of important concepts you dont want to forget Mind Dump On some tests it is helpful to write a few notes down of important concepts you dont want to forget When you finish dont leave! When you finish dont leave! Use spare time to go back over the test to catch mistakes
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  • After the Test If your professor reviews the exam, GO TO CLASS! If your professor reviews the exam, GO TO CLASS! It is helpful to hear what he was looking for and why Review your test to see the mistakes you made Review your test to see the mistakes you made Reviewing mistakes and learning from them helps you to prepare for future tests
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  • Academic Honesty Types of Misconduct Types of Misconduct Cheating intentionally using unauthorized materials such as notes, study aids, the guy sitting to your left Plagiarism taking another persons ideas and claiming them as your own. When in doubt, cite it Reducing likelihood of problems Reducing likelihood of problems Know the rules, Set clear boundaries with peers, seek help when needed
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  • Seek Help! Student Success Center Student Success Center Your Professor Your Professor Academic Advisor Academic Advisor Counselor Counselor Tutor Tutor
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  • References Gardner, J. N., Jewler, A. J., Barefoot, B. O. (2007) Your college experience: Strategies for success. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth. Gardner, J. N., Jewler, A. J., Barefoot, B. O. (2007) Your college experience: Strategies for success. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth. http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/test_take.html http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/test_take.html http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/test_take.html http://www.bucks.edu/~specpop/tests.htm http://www.bucks.edu/~specpop/tests.htm http://www.bucks.edu/~specpop/tests.htm http://www.studygs.net/ http://www.studygs.net/ http://www.studygs.net/
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  • Thanks for Coming! The next installation of the SSC Seminar Series: The next installation of the SSC Seminar Series:Date:Time:Place:

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