will be three non-cumulative exams, each worth 50 points (out of a total
of 300 for the semester). These exams will cover readings, lectures, class
activities, and videos. There will be three sections to each exam: (a)
multiple choice, (b) short answer, and (c) short essay. Please bring a
blue book to the exam for the written portion of the exam. No scantron
sheet is necessary.
A study guide will be posted on the web page one week prior to each exam. I will write the exam based on this guide. I will spend a portion of class time before the exam reviewing possible essay questions and answering specific questions about terms and concepts on the guide. You are also encouraged to email me with questions concerning the study guide.
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 valid.
Tips and Sample Questions
General Study Suggestions
1. Be sure to take notes during class AND read the text! Some material covered in class is not covered in the text and vice versa.
2. Go over your class notes and readings (taking notes on your readings is helpful!). Note any confusion and ASK QUESTIONS. Clear up your confusions in class or (better) come see me during office hours (or make an appointment). When you understand the material, it is easier to remember.
3. 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. For essays, write a detailed page-long outline from which to study.
4. Study with a friend (or friends). Quiz each other.
5. 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 evening!
Send problems, comments or suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development
Updated: January 20, 2012
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