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Exam Preparation

Higher Education Language & Presentation Support

Contact us

HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Location: CB01.03.08 Telephone: 9514 9733 Email: helps@uts.edu.au Website: ssu.uts.edu.au/helps

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhnsCTaux_0

http://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/support/helps/special-conditions-exams-students-non-english-speaking-backgrounds

Special Conditions in exams

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Discussion

What types of exams do you have to do?

When do you start studying?

How to you study for an exam?

What are your concerns about exams?

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Exam Preparation

Revision What to do When to do it

Exam

Planning & Reading time

Exam Types Essays Short Answers Multiple Choice

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Revision - overview

Understand the course

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Review Topics

Review Chapters

Revision notes

Lectures, Textbook, Key Readings 1. Comprehensive 2. Summary Main themes/topics Clear Headings

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Headings

Clear Organisation

Main Points + Few Examples

Connecting topics

How are topics connected? (mind maps; flow charts)

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Revision instructions

Know your exam instructions Structure Timing Location Material covered Question types

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Revision - tips

Begin 4 weeks before exam Plan study time (1 hour slots max; 15 min slots while travelling? Organise notes from lectures and reading 2 Weeks before exam Read notes 3 X per day Use acronyms if it helps 1 Week before Try sample exams Practice questions?

But dont prepare model answers. Have some general conclusions around topics.

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Past Exam Papers

Check with your tutor if there are past papers in the library.

Practice under exam conditions Review answers carefully Form a study group and practice together

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Study time - discussion

Is morning or evening better for you? Or another time? Do you study by topic? (most difficult first?)

Do your study notes match the topics in your subject outline?

Have you missed lectures or handouts? (tapes? borrow?)

Do you always study in the same, quiet, well-lit place?

Do you set study goals for each session eg. Chapters 3 & 4; 5 equations;

concepts from lectures 1-3

Do you use any particular methods when reading and note-taking?

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SQ3R method

Survey Skim for main ideas. Table of contents; chapter summaries; graphs; tables etc.

Question Look for answers to questions. Turn headings into questions

eg. Organisational Theory What is O. T. and where did it start?

Read 1st no notes; 2nd reading note main ideas in topics

Recall Shut book and try to recall what you read. Make notes of what you remember then check.

Review Separate from study time. Review all notes at end of study period. Can you turn notes into key words?

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Revision - tips

The day before Revise lightly Sleep On the day Get up early; eat well Travel early to the exam Avoid panic talk UTS:HELPS 14

Confidence

Ok to be nervous. If too casual not alert; too nervous agitated.

During exam pause (quiet moments then back to what you were doing); deep breaths; relax shoulders/hands/face/jaw

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Reading/Planning time

What do you do in reading/planning time?

Sometimes 5-10 mins given to you or spend a few minutes anyway.

The Exam - Strategies

Use Time Wisely Bring a watch Time Spent = Marks allocated Note times on exam paper

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Reading Time

Note number of marks per question; time per question 90 min exam 90 multiple choice questions = one question per minute 60% essay question = 60% of exam time

Clue Words in short answers or essay questions (underline if you can)

Task directions eg. Answer two questions

Start with easy questions increases confidence; starts you thinking and triggers your memory. Hard questions will slow you down and may cause stress.

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PresenterPresentation Notes5-10 mins given to you or take a few minutesGet a feel for the exam as a whole helps you plan timeNote number of marks per question; time per question90 min exam 90 multiple choice questions = one question per minute60% essay question = 60% of exam timeClue Words in short answers or essay questions (underline if you can)Task directions eg. Answer two questionsExams are a game you are tested for your ability to follow directionsStart with easy questions increases confidence; starts you thinking and triggers your memory. Hard questions will slow you down and may cause stress. 5-10 mins given to you or take a few minutesGet a feel for the exam as a whole helps you plan timeNote number of marks per question; time per question90 min exam 90 multiple choice questions = one question per minute60% essay question = 60% of exam timeClue Words in short answers or essay questions (underline if you can)Task directions eg. Answer two questionsExams are a game you are tested for your ability to follow directionsStart with easy questions increases confidence; starts you thinking and triggers your memory. Hard questions will slow you down and may cause stress. 5-10 mins given to you or take a few minutes

Reading Time

Exams are a game you are tested for your ability to follow directions

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Clue Words

Tell you what to do in an essay eg. analyse, compare, describe, discuss, summarise .

Eg. Compare the goals of liberal and socialist feminism. Evaluate the goals of liberal and socialist feminism

Check past exams for your discipline to see most

commonly used clue word.

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Exams are active

Most lecturers want you to think, assess, make judgements in exams. Not simply give back information.

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The Exam Questions

Essays Short Answers Case Studies Multiple Choice What do you need to consider for each?

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Multiple Choice UTS:HELPS 23

Multiple choice

Usually cover what has been discussed in lectures and tutorials

Use course framework for study Small cards definitions; main ideas and details.

Carry around with you for regular practice

Multiple Choice Exams

Before exam ask lecturer/tutor which areas will be included in the test.

Ask if marks will be deducted for incorrect response (negative marking). If so, only guess answer if you think its likely to be right.

Past exam papers

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Multiple Choice

Read questions throughly; dont assume they have tricks

most correct answer try to supply answer before you read all options

If not negatively marked answer every question

Check if grammar of question and answer matches

Be careful of:

Negative phrasing (eg. Choose the answer which DOESNT describe) Subjective questions (eg. Choose the option that BEST describes) Judgement questions (eg. Choose the MOST CORRECT answer) Multiple answers (Choose MORE than one).

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Multiple Choice

In most cases your original answer is correct. Only change if you find new evidence or suddenly remember otherwise

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True/False

Be careful of:

Absolute words eg. all, none, always, never these usually make a statement false Eg. students always enjoy multiple choice exams

Qualifying words eg. most, some, usually, seldom

more likely to make a statement true Most students dont enjoy multiple choice exams

Multiple ideas or concepts within question all parts

must be true or the statement is false.

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Multiple Choice

Tips for Multiple Choice: (not guaranteed!) Take your best guess what is most likely

Eliminate obvious ones first

Eliminate anything completely unfamiliar to you

Humorous or absurd answers usually incorrect

Eliminate those with absolute words eg. always, every, never.

all of the above may be good if you know more than one is correct

Number answers avoid extremes; favour middle range

If two answers are similar, one is likely to be correct

If two answers are same thing, they cancel each other out

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Essays in Exams (handout) UTS:HELPS 29

Open Book Exams UTS:HELPS 30

You can take notes, texts or resource materials with you. Sometimes restrict what you take (eg. limited number of texts; only tables). A few pages of notes and a few well-chosen texts better than too much. Flow charts to show how topics are connected can be very useful Myth you dont need to study