Welcome back. This week is an exciting time with Homecoming being this weekend, but it might also be a stressful time for you…because this is the middle of the semester and many of you might be taking your first college midterms. This week I am going to give you some tips on surviving midterms, dealing with stress and how to turn the semester around if your grades are not quite what you would like. We will end the week with some homecoming fun.
Today let’s discuss midterm exams. I remember my first semester and my first midterm, it was for history and it was 100 multiple choice questions. I have a love-hate relationship with multiple choice tests. You know the answer is staring you in the face, but then your professor throws in choices like all of the above or none of the above and you start second guessing yourself. I have some tips to help you through your next multiple choice exam.
1. Look over the test and pace yourself. Get a grasp on how many questions there are, are some questions worth more than others? Make sure you pace yourself so you leave yourself ten minutes before the test is over so you can look over your answers and make sure you answered all questions.
2. It is not a race. You will not get bonus points if you are the first one done so take your time. If you need to, take a deep breath or two between pages or sections.
3. Do not skip around. Believe it or not, you will fare much better if you answer the questions in order. Why? I have taken the answer what you know first approach before and found out that I forgot to answer a question or two because of my question skipping.
4. Read the question and all possible answers. Circle key phrases if needed. Many times we will start to read a question and assume we know the answer, but because we did not read the entire question we missed a key phrase that indicates what the answer should be.
5. While not always true, if you are stuck and not sure what the answer is and you must guess you can use my guessing strategies that work 60% of the time: if there are 4 choices and one of the choices is long, then it could be the answer. If the question asks you to fill in the blank of a sentence, look at the grammar, if an proceeds the blank then the answer will begin with a vowel. (these tips should not replace studying and I do not guarantee this works 100% of the time)
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Do you have any tricks/tips for taking a multiple choice test, tell us in the comment section.