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Tips for Students: Top Study Habits

For every college student that has established good study habits, there is another who needs help with how to study in college. We’ve compiled some study strategies that should assist you in achieving your goals and objectives, no matter the course.

Assessing your study habits

A key area for any college student in the quest to obtain good study habits is time management and motivation. If these are areas that you struggle in, they should be at the top of your goals and objectives list to tackle. After all, how to study in college really begins with the understanding of Read More…


Tips for College Students: How to Answer Common Exam Questions

Many students feel that one reason they are not top students is that they are poor test takers. These students may not realize that an understanding of different types of test questions can help them create successful test taking strategies. In addition to study skills that help students learn the course material, we need to help our students to demonstrate what they know when they take an exam. What test taking tips will benefit your students?

Types of exam questions

The University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence explained “Exam questions: types, characteristics, and suggestions.” Generally speaking, there are two Read More…


How to Evaluate Learning Outcomes

When you’re creating a course, how do you determine the goals for your college students to reach by the end of the semester? Creating learning outcomes gives you a tool by which to tailor your student assessment, measuring their aptitude against the initial purpose of the course. Writing student learning outcomes can be a challenge, and there are several different ways to look at this tool. Consider some of these ideas as you evaluate your students’ learning.

Assessment and learning outcomes

Assessment of college student academic performance can be easily summed up as you determine if your students have learned Read More…


How to Write Effective Exam Questions for College Students

True or false? Multiple choice? Long-form essay? What is the best strategy for creating exam questions? When you’re designing an exam, consider what you want to be able to gauge in your college students’ knowledge in order to choose the best types of questions to measure their learning. There are benefits and disadvantages to any type of question, so consider these exam tips when deciding what teaching strategies to employ when you create your exam.

Difficulty creating or difficulty grading?

In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, Fourteenth Edition, Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svnicki noted that exams have two pieces that Read More…


6 Ways to Help College Students Prepare for Final Exams

College instructors play a significant role in preparing their students for final exams. For example, before finals week, teachers can conduct a review session, go over questions from the midterm exam, and set up a study room. Read on to learn what review strategies might work best for your students.

Conduct a review session

A review class before the final exam is a good time to make sure students are on track and concentrating on the right material. Let the students know what is important information they should retain from this course. You could go over pertinent presentations and can also Read More…


Tips for Students: Apply Critical Thinking Skills During Final Exams

Critical thinking skills help college students reason through content. Final exams are conducted primarily to assess this reasoning process and your overall knowledge and retention of important facts and processes from the course studied. However, exams are filled not only with memorization of facts and figures, but also of thought processes, problem-solving, deductions, and inferences based on previously presented or known information. During finals week, make sure to utilize your critical thinking skills to prove that you’ve mastered the concepts.

Students can practice critical thinking

Critical thinking involves developing the ability to understand and articulate concepts that describe how the world works. Students Read More…


Top Test-taking Tips for College Students

How many times has your lecture been interrupted by a student asking, “Will this be on the test?” Unnerving as the question may be, it does demonstrate that the student is thinking ahead to the test. Though their focus may be short-sighted, you can nonetheless use their motivation to teach your students how to prepare for the test and then deal with different testing formats such as objective or essay exams.

Preparing for exams

In her book, Orientation to College Learning, 7th Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom addressed how students can master necessary college skills such as preparing for Read More…


How to Prepare College Students for Midterm Exams

The goal of any educator is to impart new knowledge to students and have them retain that information. For college students about to take midterm exams, that is especially important. Try these simple teaching strategies to help prepare your students for success.

Types of tests

When it comes to midterm exams or any test, there are two basic styles to choose from for your college students. Which you select will depend on the course you are teaching and the goals you have for your class. The first option is an objective test, including true/false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the- blank, and matching questions. With an Read More…


Alternative Methods of Skills Assessment: Beyond the Exam

Just as a physician takes a pulse to assess a patient’s health, instructors use educational assessment techniques to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom. Assessment provides valuable feedback that is used to adjust the presentation of instruction or to place students in programs. Traditional assessment tools often utilize a test instrument such as true-false or multiple choice. These instruments are designed to solicit either recall or identification skills of students. Other assessment techniques, such as authentic assessment, measure real-world situational knowledge. What methods can be used to take assessment beyond the Read More…


Tips for Students: Solving Multiple Choice Exam Questions

Each of your students will discover his or her own strengths and challenges throughout the semester. This rings especially true during midterms and finals. Many students today identify as “poor test takers.” But with a little guidance, any student can improve their instincts and arrive more prepared to excel. Share these tips with your students for mastering  multiple choice questions.

Studying

Multiple choice exams present a whole different set of challenges than, for example, a long-form exam. As such, studying for a multiple choice exam may even call for a slightly varied study method. There are likely to be far more Read More…