In this video Dr. Ebraheim’s is sharing very important advice about not only taking and passing tests, but also scoring the highest possible score.
To prepare you for taking an exam, we need to touch on these three items:
2-Manage your time
3-Make a schedule.
Everybody gets nervous when it comes time to take a test. Perhaps just thinking about taking the test makes people more nervous than taking the test itself.
1-Preparation: in preparation for the exam:
Study past exams give yourself adequate time to prepare. You may want to repeat studying past exams.
Practice, practice, practice! Practice relevant questions. You should also prepare and practice the test under timed conditions, adverse conditions and stressful conditions. Try to simulate the worst possible condition that you could be involved in on the test day. This will help you build confidence and mental stamina. Recreate the test environment as closely as possible. Practice past exams and quizzes. Quiz yourself and use multiple sources. There are five levels of cognitive domain:
1-Recognition: identifying the important information.
2-Comprehension: having an excellent understanding of concepts.
3-Application: utilizing the information being read in the correct way
4-Analysis: breaking down the concepts in order to gain a better understanding. The concept is being studied but not immediately understood.
5-Synthesis: use of intellect and looking at the concepts from another way. Information is then understood.
Practice will take the five levels down to only three.
You need to have different keys to open different doors. Be confident and tell yourself things like “ I have seen his door before and I know which key will open it.
Practice speed. Check your initial speed when answering exam questions and strive to cut that time in half. Anticipate, anticipate and apply!
Know your strengths and weaknesses: Discover your strengths and weaknesses and stay above the mean on all topics. This is how you achieve a good percentile in the exam. The number of questions that are answered correctly above the mean will guarantee a good percentile on the exam. If one category is below the mean, this will wipe out some of the positive scores of other categories.
Know the test format: Understand the test format. Ask yourself what is the format of the test? Familiarize yourself with the test format so that there will be no surprises. Standardized tests are performance tests. You will need to develop your own personal strategy for these tests. You need to be familiar with the structure and directions ahead of time. You need to be familiar with the sections, types of questions and time. This will make you focus on the questions themselves.
Key concepts: It is important to understand the key knowledge concepts that are commonly tested. You need to know the key concepts. Concepts usually describe important events, features, or tie related ideas and observations together. These are the items that usually appear on multiple choice examinations. Compile them, study the concepts frequently. The concepts are the basic information. Put the main ideas, information, diagrams, and figures onto a sheet and review this information many times. Create your own flash cards or files using index cards or printing materials to study from. No matter how the concepts are presented, they always remain the same. Just like the cat!
Topics that have many concepts such as slipped femoral epiphysis is a hot topic. You will face multiple questions on this topic.
Study on a regular basis: you should study something every day no matter what even if only for about 10 minutes or so. You need to have dedication, commitment, and discipline.
2-Manage your time: ask yourself, how much time do I need? When do I begin? Do I need a structured plan?
Multiple choice exams require a long time devoted to studying. This is not a short term thing. Avoid cramming to decrease your stress level. Multiple exam questions focus on details. You cannot retain many details effectively in short term memory. You learn a little bit every day and allow plenty of time for repeated review that will build very reliable long term memory. Start now, do not delay. It can be very hard to begin studying. Have a written structured plan for studying. Balance competing factors such as work, personal time, family time, weekends, holidays or vacations.
3-Make a schedule: stay with the schedule, try to finish ahead of the schedule. Use the “salami technique”. A thin slice every day so you can digest it and enjoy it!
If you focus on the important concepts and study at least a little every day then you will be complete.
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