This course helps students master the art of test taking. Who wouldn't want to benefit from a higher GPA and capitalize on all those hours spent studying.
By breaking down the preparation and actual process of answering questions, this course will provide the tools and techniques to help students of all academic abilities.
The modules follow a logical progression and dive into the various question formats commonly used by exam writers. Students of this course will learn how to eliminate the distractors and hone in on the correct answer.
This lecture discusses basic concepts of test taking for success. Many of you may be tempted to skip this, but the take home points are highly valuable and can result in getting a few more questions right on a consistent basis.
Professors, teachers and course instructors provide a vast array of clues that are valuable to you as the student and test taker. Pay attention and capitalize on this technique to consistently add a few points to your exam scores.
Discussion on the how and why of utilizing practice questions.
This lecture is an introduction to the course, myself as the instructor and why you will benefit from what I have to share. An overview of the course content and how it applies to you as the student and life-long learner. This course is suitable for any level of student from high school through professional degree programs.
This lecture debunks several myths about what makes a successful test taker and dives into some issues around the preparation and study methods. Active learning takes precedence over brute force.
Please share your thoughts, comments and ideas.
Several core concepts predict a students likelihood of success. Active review vs. re-reading has a different impact on laying down neuronal connections that allow long term memory and recall. This section explores the methods of mastering information for test taking success.
This is a very common type of question throughout most exam formats. Unfortunately, answering correctly relies on memorization and little thought or iteration is involved. There are a few simple rules to help improve your odds.
The stem of this type of question is often the longest of any. The test item writer is focused on diluting the key data with ancillary or unrelated information to throw the student of the trail. Don't be fooled by the red herrings and foils. Focus - patience - persistence = success.
One parters consist of a stem and answer choices. The question writer can make this type of question more complex by inserting foils and distractors to draw you away from the correct answer.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
This is the most common question format students will encounter. This lecture explains a method to attack these questions and answer correctly.
This lecture covers a 4 step process to improve the chance of answering MCQ correctly. Apply this technique and the other rules covered in other lectures to improve performance on exams.
Two and three part questions are more complex to answer, but there are several techniques that will greatly improve the odds of answering correctly. This lecture walks you through a step-wise approach to handling this type of question, even if you don't know the material.
Test taking physiology delves into the basic physiology of fueling and hydration as it relates to brain performance. This lecture is just an introduction and scratches the surface on a few topics. I will be adding additional optional lectures that dive deeper into optimizing the brain for test taking performance.
This ancient technique is easy to learn and simple to apply. By visualizing a place you are intimately familiar with and assigning an item to that location, the recall of this facts is exponentially increased.
This lecture presents several other techniques to facilitate memorizing and recall. These techniques have been in use for hundreds of years and are still used by successful students today.
Simulating a test and practicing like you "play" are important techniques for maximizing your test taking results.
Final Moments & Doing Battle
Simple ways to gear your mind for success and deliver a solid test taking performance.
Congratulations. You finished the main portion of this course. I am confident that if you apply the techniques and strategies within you will reach new levels of success. Please share your questions and comments in the forum area of this course.
I look forward to interacting with you there.
Dr. Schwindt has been teaching live courses on a variety of topics and is passionate about life-long learning. His focus is on simplifying the entire process of learning and his conversational style of presentation helps students rapidly master the topics presented.
He is a published author and several of his books have reached the top spots in their respective categories. He also hosts two podcasts sharing his unique perspective on health, wellness and endurance sports.
Dr. Schwindt is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has a particular passion for the crossroads of medicine and technology. Dr. Schwindt has completed the fellowship curriculum for functional and sports medicine fellowship and finds joy in helping fellow athletes reach their potential and optimize their health.
Contact him through the student question section or twitter (DrMitchelMD) he enjoys interacting with his students and helping students meet their goals.