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Special Conditions in exams
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?
Revision What to do When to do it
Planning & Reading time
Exam Types Essays Short Answers Multiple Choice
Revision - overview
Understand the course
Lectures, Textbook, Key Readings 1. Comprehensive 2. Summary Main themes/topics Clear Headings
Main Points + Few Examples
How are topics connected? (mind maps; flow charts)
Know your exam instructions Structure Timing Location Material covered Question types
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.
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
Exams are a game you are tested for your ability to follow directions
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.
Exams are active
Most lecturers want you to think, assess, make judgements in exams. Not simply give back information.
The Exam Questions
Essays Short Answers Case Studies Multiple Choice What do you need to consider for each?
Multiple Choice UTS:HELPS 23
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
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).
In most cases your original answer is correct. Only change if you find new evidence or suddenly remember otherwise
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.
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
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