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  1. Welcome! Preparing for Exams Module 8 Slideshow Courtesy of: Danielle Woods FIPSE Coordinator at The Ohio State University

  2. Module 8 Preparing for Exams!

  3. A Simple Technique To Evaluate Your Preparedness for Exams • USING THE QUESTIONS YOU’VE ASKED FROM NOTES AND TEXT! • Before you study… • Cover the answers to the questions you have written. • Read the Questions. • Try to write down the answers.

  4. The CC Web Chart • Find Several items to compare • List across the top. • Find several characteristics on which to compare items: • List (?)’s down the side of the chart.

  5. The CC Web Chart • Use the Reflection (?)’s you have already written from notes and text. • Do not use Detail (?)’s! • Include a Recap (?) at the top that covers all the info in the CC Web Chart.

  6. Using the CC Web Chart to Predict Exam (?)’s • It is possible to use CC Web Charts to predict exam (?)’s (and prepare for exams). • It is evident that the info in the CC Web Charts can and will be used in multiple-choice (?) exams.

  7. Skeleton Key Diagram • CC Web Charts can be used to organize info for some essay questions. • Use the Reason (?)’s you have asked (those that are predictive of essay questions) to select info to organize.

  8. Skeleton Key Diagram • Take the “Key Points” to be made in the essay response and organize them into a diagram. • Words, Images, Organization! • If you ask the right (?)’s, it does no matter if the exact (?) is on the exam.

  9. Which Skeleton Key Diagram should I use?

  10. “For/Against” Skeleton Key Diagram These are used “argumentative” essay questions by helping you see and present both sides

  11. “Analysis”Skeleton Key Diagram These help you separate out and support a number of ideas related to one topic.

  12. “Time – Line”Skeleton Key Diagram These help you portray and discuss a sequence of events leading up to some result.

  13. “Cause/ Effect” Skeleton Key Diagram These help you show relationships that explain why something happened.

  14. “Given/Find”Skeleton Key Diagrams These help you solve a specific performance problem, such as you are likely to encounter in math, science, engineering, computers, etc. If the equation needed for the solution is provided, it represents a GIVEN and should be included with your diagram.

  15. Mind Sketch • A great way to “Brainstorm” info onto a piece of paper. • Should be converted into a more organized diagram for them to be as beneficial as possible in studying.

  16. Understanding Your Instructor’s Emphasis • Instructors provide “clues” to what will be on the test. • Observe you instructor to determine what content and types of (?)’s you will be asked on an exam. • Pay close attention to anything they write!

  17. Using Study Groups Searching the Environment and Just Ask Strategies!

  18. Creating the Groups • Only study with people who will help you prepare for the exam. • Pick people who are responsible and knowledgeable.

  19. Study Group Success & Techniques • Use a Plan for the group. • Compare notes and work together to create CC Web Charts and Skeleton Key Diagrams. • It seems corny but it works!

  20. Getting Ready for and Taking a Test Let’s get started!

  21. Getting Info Into Your Head • Be selective in choosing the info to focus on. • Be selective: write (?)’s that are answered with MAIN POINTS. • Use Elaboration • Put info into your own words • Create your own examples.

  22. Getting Info Into Your Head • Organize the info. • Create CC Web Charts and Skeleton Key Diagrams. • Rehears or practice key pieces of info. • Do Not “CRAM”!!!!

  23. Dealing with Test Anxiety • It is largely a function of physiological arousal. • Decrease your test anxiety: • Be prepared. • Use relaxation techniques. • Use affirmations. • Seek help in preparing for test. • Avoid stimulants immediately before a test.

  24. Taking a Test • Consider the techniques suggested for both essay/performance and multiple-choice tests. • It is all part of being prepared.

  25. Still need help? LMS notebook pgs. 17-20 Or see your instructor!

  26. References:Danielle E. Woods Coordinator, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) Grant The Ohio State University250F Walter E. Dennis Learning Center 1640 Neil AvenueColumbus, OH 43201-2333Phone: 614-688-3913Fax: 614-688-3912Department Email: wedlc@osu.eduPersonal Email: URL: http://dennislearningcenter.osu.eduAll pictures used in this slide show were retrieved from