Tests

Chapter 6

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Tests by Mind Map: Tests

1. Disarm The Tests

1.1. Grades give tests the POWER

1.1.1. Fear paralyzes

1.1.2. Remove Fear...Do BETTER

1.2. Tests are NOT...

1.2.1. Self Worth

1.2.2. Knowledge

1.2.3. Overall Intelligence

1.3. Tests ARE

1.3.1. Your score on a test...THAT'S IT!

2. High Costs of Cheating

2.1. Not just Failing...

2.1.1. Expelled

2.1.2. Course Failure

2.1.3. Permanent Transcripts

2.2. Stress

2.2.1. Fear of Getting Caught

2.2.2. Violate Values

2.2.2.1. Physical Stress

2.3. Self Concept/Image

2.3.1. Not Smart Enough

2.3.2. Not Responsible Enough

2.4. Time & Money

2.4.1. Purchase an Education

2.4.2. Years of Schooling

2.4.2.1. Master's Program Example

3. During Tests

3.1. Begining

3.1.1. Scratch Paper

3.1.1.1. Key Points, Dates, Formulas

3.1.2. Pay Attention to Instructions

3.1.3. Tension?

3.1.3.1. Breathe

3.1.3.2. Accept It

3.2. Types of Questions

3.2.1. True / False

3.2.1.1. Qualifiers

3.2.1.1.1. Always/Never

3.2.1.2. Details

3.2.1.2.1. Slightly Altered = False

3.2.1.2.2. Dates

3.2.1.2.3. Numbers

3.2.1.2.4. Facts

3.2.2. Multiple Choice

3.2.2.1. Read All Possible First

3.2.2.1.1. 2 Similar Answers

3.2.2.2. Answer in HEAD FIRST

3.2.2.2.1. Find closest to your answer

3.2.2.3. Eliminate Incorrect First

3.2.2.3.1. Narrow Down Choices

3.2.2.3.2. Can't Eliminate, Probably Right

3.2.3. Computer Graded Tests

3.2.3.1. ScanTron

3.2.3.1.1. Stray Marks?

3.2.3.1.2. Erase Thoroughly

3.2.3.2. Answer to Question Corresponds

3.2.3.3. Pay Attention to Time

3.2.4. Open-Book

3.2.4.1. Usually Tougher

3.2.4.1.1. STUDY!

3.2.4.2. Organize Notes

3.2.4.3. Bookmark Key Areas

3.2.4.3.1. TOC

3.2.4.3.2. Index

3.2.4.3.3. Key Charts

3.2.5. Short Answer/Fill In The Blank

3.2.5.1. Focus on Key Words

3.2.5.2. Focus on Facts

3.2.5.3. Be Brief with Response!

3.2.6. Essay

3.2.6.1. Quick...QUICK Outline

3.2.6.1.1. Key Words to Include

3.2.6.1.2. Dates

3.2.6.1.3. Might result in points

3.2.6.2. Write Legibly

3.2.6.2.1. Sloppy

3.2.6.2.2. Difficult to Read

3.2.6.2.3. Lower Score

3.2.6.3. What is the Question?

3.2.6.3.1. Answer the Question

3.2.6.3.2. Don't expand TOO much

3.2.6.3.3. No Fluff!!!

3.2.6.4. One Side of Paper

3.2.6.4.1. Marks through

3.2.6.4.2. Hard to Read

3.2.6.5. If Time, Review your Answer!

4. Test Anxiety

4.1. Yell STOP!

4.1.1. Inside Voice

4.1.2. Redirect your Thoughts

4.2. Breathe

4.2.1. Focus attention on breathing

4.2.1.1. Panic

4.2.1.1.1. Short & Shallow

4.2.1.2. Controlled

4.2.1.2.1. Longer & Deeper

4.3. Exercise Aerobically

4.3.1. Review Days

4.3.1.1. Make Time to Exercise

4.4. Praise Yourself

4.4.1. Don't beat yourself up

4.4.2. I AM READY!

5. Math Tests

5.1. Course BACK 2 BACK

5.1.1. No breaks in courses

5.2. Avoid Short Semesters

5.2.1. Mini Sessions

5.2.2. Summer

5.3. Practice Problem Solving

5.3.1. Work LOTS of Problems

5.3.2. More Difficult...PRACTICE

5.3.3. Share Practice with Instructor

5.3.3.1. Before Exhaustion

5.3.4. Time Yourself

5.4. Ask Questions

5.4.1. Need Clarification? ASK!

5.4.2. NO Dumb Questions

5.4.2.1. No SUCH Thing!

5.4.3. Bring Them 2 Class

5.4.3.1. You're NOT the only one with them

5.5. Participate FULLY!

5.5.1. Attend Class

5.5.2. Complete Homework

5.5.3. Active Involvement

5.5.4. Confused???

5.5.4.1. Ask Questions!

5.5.4.1.1. Paying Customer

5.5.4.2. Free Tutors

5.5.4.3. Study Groups

5.6. Write Legibly

5.6.1. LOTS OF TESTS to Grade

5.6.2. Easy To Read

5.6.3. Circle Answers

5.6.4. Easy To Grade

6. Before Tests

6.1. Reviews

6.1.1. Daily

6.1.1.1. Pre/Post Class

6.1.1.2. Notes

6.1.1.3. When you squeeze it In

6.1.2. Weekly

6.1.2.1. 1 Hour Per Subject

6.1.2.1.1. Mind Maps

6.1.2.1.2. Flash Cards

6.1.2.1.3. Lecture notes

6.1.3. Major

6.1.3.1. 2 - 5 Hours

6.1.3.2. Week before Exams

6.1.3.3. Do in Bursts

6.1.3.3.1. 1 Hour ... Break .... 1 Hour... Etc

6.2. Checklists

6.2.1. Ideas

6.2.2. Formulas

6.2.3. Definitions

6.2.4. Dates & Title on Lecture Notes

6.2.5. Not a Review Sheet

6.3. Flash Cards

6.3.1. 3 X 5 Cards

6.3.1.1. Question One Side

6.3.1.2. Answer Other Side

6.3.2. Free Minute to Review

7. After Tests

7.1. Not Done Until You Know the Answers

7.2. Reflection

7.2.1. What Studying Worked

7.2.2. What Didn't Work

7.3. Returned Test

7.3.1. Grading Errors?

7.3.2. Materials Instructor Used

7.3.2.1. Text?

7.3.2.2. Notes

7.3.2.3. Lectures

7.3.3. Questions Missed

7.3.3.1. Types

7.3.3.2. Topics

7.3.3.3. Feedback

7.4. Celebrate Mistakes!

7.4.1. Notice The Mistake

7.4.1.1. Hiding wastes Energy

7.4.1.2. Correcting Needs Energy

7.4.1.2.1. Better Focus Point

7.4.1.3. Own IT!

7.4.2. Valuable Feedback

7.4.2.1. Part of The Learning Process

7.4.3. We're Taking Risks

7.4.3.1. Evidence that we are TRYING!

7.4.3.2. FEAR is Paralyzing

7.4.3.2.1. Too scared to Try?

7.4.4. It's OK to Make Them

7.4.4.1. We ALL Make Mistakes

7.4.4.2. Don't Blame others

7.4.4.2.1. Accept IT

7.4.5. Occur when we AIM for a GOAL!

7.4.5.1. No Target, No Concern!

7.4.5.1.1. Doing Nothing?

7.4.5.2. We have a Plan

7.4.5.2.1. Doing Something!

7.4.6. Commitment to Success

7.4.6.1. Accountability = Respect!

7.4.6.2. Commitment to Quality

7.4.7. Cuts it DOWN to SIZE

7.4.7.1. Results Bigger than Mistake?

7.4.7.1.1. Find out what the REAL mistake Was

7.4.7.1.2. Commit to Fixing it!