How to study better for Gen Ed 110 tests

Suggestions from students

These are study tips from students in my earlier classes, in their own words (spelling touched up here and there). I am incorporating some of these into the section of the syllabus about how to improve grades in the course. Thanks a lot for your help!

Occasionally someone thinks that he/she can choose which question from the study guide to answer. The instructions say you must be prepared to answer either. Take this seriously. Always read exam instructions closely, paying attention to any qualifying words or phrases. In this class it is always assumed that you will be studying all of the questions on the study guide.

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I believe it is most beneficial to first and foremost do the reading, and even take notes while you're doing the reading to make sure you're really taking in what you're reading.
I found that the daily quiz questions were the most helpful study guides for the tests--I just looked them up in the text for more detail.
I think it would have been more helpful for me to practice writing out the essay answers more detailed. I did do one thing though that really helps me on these kind of tests is to write down kind of an outline or just throwing down bits of information quickly until I get a bunch of ideas and then I go and fill in the blanks and put things in order when I write out the essay.
Should've paid more attention to Reader.
What I found most useful in studying for the exam was getting together with another student and going through each question. We went through the book and wrote out different examples of each part of the question. It took us about 2 hrs. altogether.
Next time I will try to get a small group for study so that all bases are covered for pertinent knowledge.
I had planned to write out the answers for both problems, but only got one done. I know if I would have completed both I would have done better. The only thing I did towards the question about women was a basic re-read of certain passages in the text.
To prepare for this test I reviewed my lecture notes and skimmed past lessons in the book which covered the main information. In the future I will need to review my notes better and maybe take more specific notes during lectures.
I found that if I went through all of the material and made an outline of information I would put in my essay answer I could study it faster and better. I did this for both questions. I rested in between so that the second essay outline was just as strong.
I think that the most helpful for me was to start off with an outline on the day we got the questions. The following day I practiced writing the essay. That way I thought about more examples over the two days I worked on the essay.
To have done better on the test, I should have studied longer and more in depth studying. You need to review every night, at least for a little while. I should have spent more time looking at details. I could have practiced what I was going to write about. I should have studied more, longer and more concentrated.
I made an extensive outline on both topics then studied both of them until I was comfortable.
I broke the essay question samples into each single part. Then I looked them up individually, writing down important facts about each. From this list of notes on each part, I structured my essay. Focussing on each little part made the larger essay easier.
When studying for the test, I went through my notes, and the book (Duiker) and read about everything. I kept reading it until I really understood everything.
I highlighted all the material in my notes for one of the questions in one color, and the material pertaining to the other question in a different color. I wrote out an outline for each question that would cover each part of the question. Studying the outlines helped me to remember what material to include in my essay.
Used the structure from the book and examples from the lectures.
I re-read the reader & reviewed notes simultaneously. I stayed in the "cross-cultural" mindset.
To help me out for the test I studied my lecture notes & compared them to my readings of the text book that was highlighted & read over several times. I also read the text & notes about 20 minutes before class, which helped me tremendously. I neglected the Web too much the last two weeks & need to focus on that also.
The most important study technique was writing the essay question in the amount of time, to practice.
I felt my outline I wrote before helped me structure my essay.
Reading the text on a class-to-class basis and attending lectures are most likely the key.
The approach that I took to study for the test was to go back into the book and find the topics. I found specific topics within the readings. I created an outline in my head about wht I was going to write about and examples I was going to give. A better idea for me to do would be to actually write out my outline. To recieve a better score than I did I could have also practiced to spell names of people.
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