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Introduction to Environmental Science, ENV SCI 102

Introduction to Environmental Science, ENV SCI 102

Instructor:  Kevin Fermanich

UWGB Student Support Services Study Skills Handouts:  http://www.uwgb.edu/esms/sss/handouts.htm

Tips on Studying for Exams (DRAFT 2/23/2004)

Before, During and After Lectures (also see pages 3-6 in the textbook)

Print a copy of the Study Concepts/Terms sheet for the topics being presented in lecture (access via:  www.uwgb.edu\fermanik.  Keep the review sheet in your notebook so that you can refer to it while taking lecture notes in class, reviewing notes, and reading the text.)

Preview/preread chapters in text prior to scheduled lecture for particular topics.  Take note of key figures and concepts on the review sheets.

In class, write down bulleted items and statements from PowerPoint presentation.  Annotate PowerPoint bullets with examples, details, and clarifications presented by the instructor during lecture.  Make a rough sketch and/or note figure number of key figures presented in lecture.  Refer to Table I.2, page 4 of text for additional suggestions for good notes.

Review notes after each session prior to next lecture.  Use Study Concepts sheet as a guide to the more important topics in notes.  Use textbook to supplement and clarify class notes as you review.  It may be helpful to jot down page numbers on the review sheet for particular topics so that it��s easy to go back and reread particular sections of the text.

Week or so before Exam:

Review lecture notes and jot down key points for everything on review sheets.  Again use the textbook as a reference.  Use the Study Concepts sheets to focus your studying, but realize that  some of the points on the review sheet are fairly specific while others are quite broad.

Reread chapter summaries and Questions for Review at the end of chapters.  Take particular note of concepts from the review sheet.

Try to ask yourself questions about your notes and/or write study questions about the main points in the margin of your notebook.  For example:  Why do populations grow rapidly?  Answer:  Birth rates are much larger than death rates.  OR How have birth rates and death rates of humans changed with time?  Etc��

During Exam:

You should have plenty of time to finish the exam, so don��t rush through the questions.

Read the questions and responses carefully.  Circle key words--especially ALL, EXCEPT, NOT etc.  Cross-out the responses that you are fairly certain are not correct.

On questions that you need to think through more, make notes next to the questions of things you know and remember that may help you in deciphering the best answer.   Decide what you think is (are) the best answer(s) and make a mark next them.  Don��t dwell on the question too long.  If you can��t settle on the best response after a few minutes, make a star next the question so that you can come back to it. 

Be sure to check that you have provided a response to all questions on the computer scan sheet.

After the Exam: 

Review the questions you got wrong and make sure you know why.  There may be similar ones on the Final Exam.

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