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Essential Study Skills, Fifth Edition
Linda Wong
Chapter 13: Developing Strategies for Recall, Math, and Essay Tests

General Test-Taking Strategies

How to Survive Exam Week
Final exam week is a stressful time for most students each term.  Use these techniques to manage your exam week more successfully.

Test Taking Strategies
Click on the links to review strategies for taking essay tests and words to watch for  in essay questions.

Preparing for Exams
This student brochure discusses the importance of distributed practice, study groups, self-testing, finding missing links, and more in order to prepare effectively for exams.

Seven Strategies to Improve Test Performance
Begin by taking a short quiz to assess your test preparation skills. Then read about seven strategies to use to increase your test performance.

See Links for Test-Taking Skills in the Chapter 12 Weblinks.

Essay Tests

Checklist for Essay Tests
Use this twelve-question checklist to prepare for upcoming essay tests.

Direction Words for Essay Questions
This interactive site provides you with opportunities to learn and practice the meanings of various direction words frequently used on essay tests.

How to Prepare for and Write an Essay Exam
These guidelines provide you with a plan for preparing and answering essay questions.  You will learn how to predict essay answers, identify main ideas and themes, reducing ideas to an outline to memorize, and more.

Essay Preparation
Use mind maps in the early stages of developing an essay to summarize your main ideas and get a picture of all aspects of the question.

History Essays
Learn what to look for, types of questions, and methods for answering history essay questions.

On-Line Library
Click on the links for Writing Essays, Proofreading, Avoiding Wordiness, and Exam Skills to learn new test-taking strategies.  This On-Line Library also includes links to Active Reading, Oral Presentations, Time Management, Stress, and more.

OWL Handouts: Complete Index by Topic
This comprehensive web site includes links to a variety of writing topics, including punctuation, sentence construction, parts of speech, and forms of professional writing.

What is Plagiarism
Understanding the definition of plagiarism and the learning writing formats to avoid plagiarism are valuable skills for college writing and answering essay questions.

Writing an Essay Exam
After reading about five easy steps to prepare for an essay exam, learn four essay test-taking strategies. This website ends with six important steps you need to use to formulate an effective essay answer. These steps include writing a thesis statement, using supporting statements, facts, and statistics, and developing an effective conclusion.

Essay Test Preparation
Use the six essay test preparation strategies and the six strategies for taking essay tests to increase your test performance. A Glossary of Essay Test Words is included on this website.

Doing Well on Essay Exams
Doing well on essay exams involves understanding the way questions are worded and answering the questions directly. Learn strategies to do well on essays and view essay style practice questions. Links to strategies for other types of exam questions are included.

Math Tests

How to Study Math and Science
Learn previewing, notetaking, text reading, problem solving, problem analysis, test preparation and test-taking strategies for math and science courses.

How to Study Physics
Learn strategies for class participation, problem-solving, effective test preparation, and creating a weekly flow chart for studying physics.

Math Exams
Learn strategies for preparing for a math test and working carefully through a math exam.

Math Forum - Internet Mathematics Library
Click on extensive links to a wide variety of math topics, such as Algebra, Early Math, Communicating Math, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and other math resources.

New Problem Solving Tactics
This matrix (grid) explains problem-solving tactics, such as clarifying, visualizing, analogy, sub-goal, algebraic, brainstorming, and many more, plus a description of the activity and the outcome for each tactic.

Preparing for, Taking and Analyzing Problem-Solving Tests
This site includes strategies for preparing for a problem-solving test, taking the test, and then analyzing the test and determining the source of your errors.

Problem-Solving Tests
Learn how to review your notes and work and prepare for problem-solving tests.   Suggestions to use for analyzing the test later are included.

Solving Math Word Problems
Learn the two steps to solving math word problems and learn the key words that frequently signal the various mathematical operations.

Success in Mathematics
Learn tips for studying math, how to approach math problem-solving, and tips for studying for math tests.  Learn how to use active versus passive study techniques and more.

Maximizing Test Taking
Use this step-by-step approach to complete math exams successfully. Steps involve previewing skills, focusing yourself, working favorites first, using multiple choice strategies, attaching scratch work, checking for errors, and more.

Math Study Tips
This resourceful website includes strategies for: comparing and contrasting examples; coping with getting stuck; problems with accuracy; getting organized for exams; how to review for exams; applications or word problems; steps toward success in math; and more.

Substitution and Memory Strategies for Math
Learn to use substitution strategies with fractions, variables, and word problems. Then learn to use memory strategies for terms, definitions, concepts, symbols, equations, and rules. This website also includes strategies for obtaining problem solving solutions.

Math Study Skills Handouts
This website has six links to valuable study skills handouts: Study Skills for Math Related Courses; Test Taking Strategies; Study Aids for Math; Math Anxiety Bill of Rights; Ten Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety; and Twelve Math Myths.

Methods of Good Problem Solvers
This website provides you with five strategies to use to become an effective problem-solver. Strategies used by good and poor problem solvers are discussed.

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