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Basic Test-Taking Strategies

Perhaps the most essential factor in preparing for exams is to avoid cramming.  Review for tests should go on all semester, and this will eliminate the need to cram.

Here is a basic study plan for reviewing course material:

  • Notes should be studied the same day as the lecture and reviewed periodically thereafter. 
  • New, technical vocabulary should be put on cards with definitions and the words used in a sentence. 
  • The highlighting of required readings should be reviewed throughout the semester. 
  • Consistency in review will significantly reduce the amount of time needed to study immediately before the exam.  Start a pattern early in the semester and stick with it.

When studying for a test, learn to be aware of certain clues.  These include:

  • Any points on which the teacher spent a large amount of time or were prefaced with such comments as, “Of special importance is…” or “This is important because…”
  • Lists and enumerations, which are prime items for essay tests –
    "The six characteristics of..."
    "The four major consequences of..."
    "The major court cases leading to the establishment of the law are..."
  • Key terms, along with definitions and examples.
  • Previous questions from quizzes, old tests, chapter reviews, etc.

On the day of the test, make sure you have all materials required for the exam and get to class a little early. 

Read all instructions and budget time during the test. For example, time for a 2-hour test might be budgeted as follows:

Question Type

Question Value

Time Budgeted

10 True-False



10 points total


10 minutes total 



40 Multiple Choice



40 points total


40 minutes total



Review T/F and Multiple Choice


 



10 minutes


2 Essay

50 points total

60 minutes total:
5 minutes outlining #1
20 minutes writing #1
5 minutes outlining #2
20 minutes writing #2
10 minutes review

 Additional test-taking strategies

  • Easier questions should be answered first.  Scan the test for questions you can answer, then go back to any that still need attention.
  • Answer all questions, even if you have to guess, unless points are deducted for wrong answers.
  • If any items are not clear, ask the instructor for clarification.
  • Take advantage of the full amount of time allotted for the test.  However, don’t change your answer unless you have new insight or information.

Study Strategies: Media Resources (Available at the University Library)

VIDEOS

Study Strategies:

Time Management:

Listening Skills:

BOOKS

Study Strategies: (All of these books can be found on WorldCat.org as well)

Time Management:

Memory Skills:

Exam Skills

Study Strategies: Web Resources

Note-taking:

Time Management/Organization:

Learning Styles:

Study Skills:

Other resources:

Strategies Suggested by Graduating SSWD students

  • It’s important to stay organized.
  • Always have communications with classmates. Exchange ideas on how to do homework.
  • Go to SSWD and get services set up because that support makes a big difference.
  • Perseverance and dedication to studying.
  • Allow yourself to grow.
  • You have to advocate for yourself.
  • Get to know professors.
  • Don’t forget to ask for help.
  • Take every opportunity you can.
  • Just hang in there.
  • Grades went up when using technology.
  • You can do better if you get help.
  • Learning is an amazing opportunity.
  • Get school work done.
  • Look at other students and see they can do it. Even though you learn differently you can still achieve the same goals.
  • Hope for the future and focus on your work.
  • You can do anything if you set your mind to it.
  • Keep up with your reading.
  • If you think you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask.
  • You have to advocate for yourself.
  • Computer reading helped.
  • Study hard.

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