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Anticipating Test Content

There is occasions and causes 
why and wherefore 
in all things
Wm Shakespeare
1564-1616 English

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  • Pay particular attention to any study guides
    that the instructor hands out in class before the exam, or even at the beginning of the course!  For example:   key points, particular chapters or parts of chapters, handouts, etc.
  • Ask the instructor what to anticipate on the test
    if he/she does not volunteer the information
  • Pay particular attention--just prior to the exam--
    to points the instructor brings up during class lectures
  • Generate a list of possible questions
    you would ask if you were making the exam, then see if you can answer the questions
  • Review previous tests
    graded by the instructor
  • Confer with other students
    to predict what will be on the test
  • Pay particular attention to clues
    that indicate an instructor might test for a particular idea, as when an instructor:
    • says something more than once
    • writes material on the board
    • pauses to review notes
    • asks questions of the class
    • says, "This will be on the test!"

Including information adapted from On Becoming a Master Student by David B. Ellis and How to Study in College
by Walter Pauk.


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The Study Guides and Strategies web site was created and is maintained by Joe Landsberger,
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