- Good Habits for Taking a
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- Learn how to take tests more
- Practice taking notes.
- Learn tricks for taking tests.
- Practice those tricks.
- Print out the essay, "Test Taking
Getting Better Grades"
- - - testhabi.rtf
- You will read this to the class.
- It is not practical to print out this test
from the HTML file, therefore, you must download the word
processor file. Print out and
duplicate (double-sided) for each student, with spares,
- Test #4
Following Directions - - -
- Print out the answer sheet for "Test #4" -
- - test4-k.rtf
Gather up as many of copies these items as you
can, and have them available in the classroom.
- Yard sticks
- Meter sticks
- Centimeter / millimeter rulers
- Today we introduce the subject of "Good Test
- You will be practicing taking notes on how to
- Then you will take a test to see how well you
You will be required to take many tests in your
life, both in school, and out of school. If you develop good test
taking habits you will do better on them. You will be a more
impressive person to all the many people who will be looking at your
- I am going to read a short essay to you. You
will practice taking notes on what you hear. After reading the
essay, I will call on students to answer questions, using their
notes or memory.
- Remember what we learned before about note
- Listen to the teacher's voice for clues about
what is important.
- Look for direct hints or direct statements
about what is important, such as:
- "This is important ... "
- "There are 7 reasons ..."
- "Here is a list ..."
- "Note this ..."
- "Look out that you DON'T do this
- "Here is a 'Gotcha!'."
- Look for things you don't know, but sound
- Look for things you think the teacher might
think are important, and might put on a test.
- Read the
Getting Better Grades"
- Quiz students. Use directed discussion,
calling several of them by name, before giving your answer. Use
- What is the very first thing you should do
when you get a test paper to do? - - - Fill in name,
- What might happen to you if you DON'T read the
instructions? - - - Be Blind-sided. End up in the Grade
- What do you do if you are having trouble
answering a question? - - - Go on to the next
- Why is it a good idea to skip a question that
is giving you a problem in answering? Can you give 4
reasons? Use directed discussion, calling several of them by
name, before giving your answer. Use Participation
- You will get credit at least for the easy
- If you spend all your time on the hard
ones, you might well get them wrong anyway.
- Going ahead and working on the easier ones
may give you information to help answer the harder
- Your brain may solve the harder one
while you are focusing on a simpler one.
- What do you do after you have finished the
test? Carefully reread the instructions, to be sure you did
everything, and did them correctly.
Get out your copy of the essay, "Habits for Following
- Pass out copies of the essay you just read.
Now you will take another test about following
directions. You may look at either the paper on Following Directions,
or on Test Taking Habits while taking the test. Be careful! It is
Hand out Test #4.
Grade the test, and hand it back next class
- Teacher Follow-up
- Whenever lecturing, remind students to take
- Try to structure your lectures to indicate
important things that should be noted.
- Before a test, remind students to use good
test taking habits. Remind them they can use a sheet on good test
taking habits during the test.
- Advanced Personhood
Sequence. Links to grade 6 Lesson
As of: 31 Aug '03