will be three non-cumulative examinations, each covering roughly one-third
of the course material. Each exam is worth 50 points (out of a total of
350). The exams
will cover readings, lectures, class activities/discussions, and videos.
for exams are listed in the course
There are no scheduled "make-up" exams.
If there is a scheduling problem, you must speak with me prior to
the (day of the) exam. The only valid excuses for missing an exam are: (a)
official University business, (b) illness, or (c) family emergency.
All of these require documentation (e.g., letter from doctor) to be
A study guide will be
posted on the web page prior to each exam ( I will write the exam based on
and sample questions:
(up to) five sections to each exam:
Each question is worth
Tips: Read the questions and ALL responses carefully and
eliminate incorrect responses before selecting your answer.
current perspective known as behaviorism may be traced to the
observers are sent to watch children's aggressive behavior on the
playground. Afterwards they compare notes and find that observer A
recorded twice as many aggressive acts as observer B. Their
measure of aggression is NOT:
Short answer questions:
Each short answer question is worth 3 points. Partial credit is
possible on some questions.
Tips: Short answer questions are designed to be answered
in two or three sentences. Be brief. (I am looking for quality not
quantity). Answer ONLY the question posed. Read the question twice
one advantage and one disadvantage of longitudinal studies.
are "critical periods"? Give an example.
These questions require some
computation (formulas provided) and/or interpretation of statistics.
Problems and questions will be similar to those provided on the problem
Essay questions are designed
to be answered in about a page and a half (depending on the size of your
writing). The essay question is worth 10 points, and partial credit is
possible (though not guaranteed). I will select ONE question from a list
of 3-4 presented on the study guide.
Tips: Be succinct! There is no need to restate the question in
your answer, as it is right in front of me as I grade your response.
Develop and follow an outline for your question.
sample questions I've provided don't necessarily apply to the content
material you will have to know for your particular exam. They are
intended to provide you information about the form (not the content) of
The best way to do
well on any exam is to study as you go. Go over your class notes and
readings (taking notes on your readings is helpful!). Note any
confusions you are having and ASK QUESTIONS AS THEY COME UP. Clear up
your confusions in class or (better) come see me during office hours
(or make an appointment), or drop me an email.
Use the study guide
to list information about each term or concept. You will quickly see
what "holes" you have. Often flashcards are useful for this
purpose. Remember, I write the exam directly from the study guide, so
structure your studying around the study guide.
To study for the
essay question, write a one-page outline for each of the possible
questions listed on the study guide. Study from these outlines.
Study with a friend
(or friends). Quiz each other.
Don't wait until
the night before to study for the exam. It is unlikely that you will
be able to do all the things you need to do well on the exam in one