## Test Taking Ideas

#### Formula sheet: Practice with friends throwing the formulas out in front of the study group. What would this formula be used for? What did you have to watch out for to make sure you get the correct answer? ( signs, exponential?)

Try to predict what is going to be on the test.

Look at the problems done in class, by the professor or as group problems.
What was assigned as homework? What problems did the TA's emphasize in the recitation sessions?
What kind of problem could combine the ideas learned in the last two or three classes?
What kind of problems could summarize the unit?

#### Listen to the lectures.

If the professor spends more than 2 or 3 minutes on a problem, he/she feels it is important enough to test.
Did they go to a bit of trouble to draw and describe a graph?
How about the problems they really went into detail working out in class?
Did they say the concept "could be applied to - - - "?

#### Look at the problems assigned as homework.

Translate the problem into English.
Write everything down that you need to know about the problem or do to the problem to solve it. Don't leave any of it in your head.
What could be deleted from this problem to make it look completely different, but could be used on a test?
What could be added to the problem?
How could the problem be re-written to seem different or combine with another problem?

#### Include in your crib sheet:

Material to be covered on the exam
What formulas would you need to have available?
Example problems
Important points to remember,
Areas that cause you confusion, that you need to keep straight, such as sign conventions,
Important theorems or laws, by NAME as well as by formula.
Compare the crib sheet you make with your friends. Why do you have "stuff" they don't and vice versa?

#### BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF PHYSICAL NEEDS BEFORE THE TEST.

Take care of bathroom needs.
Make sure you are not hungry.
Get plenty of rest the night before so that your mind is rested and sharp.

#### DURING THE TEST

Think about what you might know:
Formulas?
Describe what to do if you knew the formula
Draw a picture if possible, and label it.
Highlight the important information in the question, and the parts that you have to answer. (nothing worse than getting back a test to see that you forgot to answer part c).
Ask the professor - describe what to do but can't get formula, professors have been known to give hints

What are the givens? Can you use a unit analysis to determine the answer from the givens and the thing you are asked to find? (algebraic manipulation of the units)

Skip and come back to it later.
Look at problem
Analyze it:
What's going on
What formulas could you use based on the givens and unknown?
Write down an explanation of what should happen in the situation.

#### After the first exam, go over the test and your notes and home work very carefully. Answering these questions should help you become better at predicting the nest test.

Where did the problems on the exam come from?
Which sections of the book did they cover in detail, and which sections were skipped?
How did they go with the lectures and assignments, both in and out of class?
Were they similar to your homework problems?
Did they follow the examples worked out in class?
Were they like group problems?