STUDY HINTS and TEST STRATEGY
Before the exam
Always remember to come to each exam with a scan-tron (#882, 50 questions to a side) and at least one pencil. You can re-use a scan-tron for other exams if you clearly cross out the unused side (make it really obvious!). Do not fold or punch holes in any part of the scan-tron. Concentrate your studying on the information that was stressed in class. Daily preparation will eliminate the need for "cramming" information the night before. Get a good night's rest. If you've done adequate preparation, you have nothing to fear and the exam will be very straightforward.
During the exam
Each exam will cover 3 chapters plus map locations and occur during the last 30 minutes of the class period. Each exam will contain 40 questions (don't worry, you'll have plenty of time). Read each question carefully and fully consider all possible answers. There are no trick questionsthere will always be a best or right answer. If you have any questions about the wording of one the exam questions, don't hesitate to ask me about it. Just raise your hand and I'll try to help you as much as I can (I often can't tell you very muchyou should know the meaning of certain terms).
Mark your answer on the scan-tron, and fill in the bubble completely. If you need to change an answer, beware of these two things:
|Your first intuition is often right (I often hear in class, "DARN...I had the right answer, but changed it!"). Be absolutely, positively sure that you are changing an answer to the correct response.|
|Make any and all erasures complete. I cannot and will not give credit for incomplete erasures (sorry!).|
I know that most students really like true-false questions, but they can be deceiving: the whole sentence may be true, except for one wordthus making the statement false. BE VERY CAREFUL.
A few words about cheating: DON'T DO IT. If you do cheat and are caught, I will give you an "F" grade for the class, I will have a notation put on your permanent transcript, I will have you put on academic probation, and I will have you expelled from Palomar College, if possible. I will NOT tolerate any form of questionable academic standards, including cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. Not only will I punish those who cheat, but I will also punish those who help others cheat, whether involuntary or not. My advice: DON'T CHEAT, and be very discrete with your own scan-tron.
After the exam
Once you have completed the exam, please return all test materials to the front table. Put the exams back in numerical order based on sequence number. So that you have some immediate feedback, I will have an answer key posted on the back wall. You can stay and view the answers as long as you are QUIET and do not talk to others or exclaim about how many answers you missed. I will let you take your scan-tron with you to the back wall once you have put your pencil away. I don't want to see ANY writing instruments in anyone's hands as they are viewing the answers. Don't forget to leave your scan-tron with me before you leave the room, otherwise you will receive a zero score for the exam. If you need more time to view the exam, you can come by my office any time to do so.
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