ERIC Number: ED245759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
How to Prepare for Tests and Take Them Effectively: What the Experts Say. An Audio Tape for College Students with a Detailed Outline and an Introduction.
Hodges, Daniel L.
This guide provides a summary of the information and suggestions covered on an audiotape designed to help students prepare for and take tests. First, introductory material presents a rationale for the development of the testing skills materials and a discussion of their use at Lane Community College. Next, the objectives of the tape are specified and some common types of test questions are introduced. The following sections focus on pre-test strategies, covering getting useful information from the instructor, taking practice tests, studying in ways that will increase memory at test time, allowing a latency period without studying before a test, avoiding physical conditions that slow down the mind, and helping oneself concentrate. Next, techniques are recommended for use during a test, including using scrap paper to jot down key information, surveying a test before beginning, reading questions and instructions carefully, trying to answer multiple choice questions before looking at the options, handling questions when one is uncertain about the answer, watching for key words, remembering information, handling a time limit, changing answers, writing something on essay questions even when very little is known, coping with tiredness and distracting thoughts, spotting clues in questions, and handling mechanical details accurately. Finally, advice is provided for things to do after the test in order to improve performance on the next exam. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Learning Strategies, Memory, Self Help Programs, Study Skills, Test Coaching, Test Wiseness, Two Year Colleges
Daniel Hodges, Testing Office, Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405 (Audiotape only).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Lane Community Coll., Eugene, OR.
Note: This document may be used in place of the audiotape.