# Improving Math Study and Test Taking Skills

This information comes from a video which is on reserve under "James Jones" in the Learning Resources Center. Ask at the circulation counter for the video on "Test Taking Skills". The host of the video is Dr. Paul Nolting.

This video is different from most that you may have seen, including Where There's a Will There's an "A", in that this video is directed specifically at mathematics students and exams. The other videos are generic in scope.

The video is divided into two parts. Part 1 is about 35 minutes and covers how to prepare for and then take math tests. Part 2 is about 30 minutes and covers analyzing the mistakes made on an exam.

Warning! Dr. Nolting is like all math instructors and says some things that sound really corny. However, the information that he provides is important and is more than you can get by just reading this page. Please watch the video. There are two on reserve so that more than one person can watch at a time.

## Test Preparation Skills

3. Review old tests
4. Pre-test
5. Study groups
6. Calculator

## 10 Steps to Better Test-Taking

1. Memory Data Dump
Write down information you may forget -- formulas, dates, places, etc.
2. Preview Test
Write your name on the test and review the entire test
3. Second Memory Data Dump
Write down additional important information you may forget
4. Test Progress Schedule
Decide the best way to get the most points in the least time
First, answer the easiest questions with the most points
Read each question twice and set a time limit for solving it -- or skip it
7. Review Skipped Questions
Recall related information about each question
Do not leave a question blank
9. Review Entire Test
Look for mis-read directions and careless errors
10. Use All Of Your Test Time
To stop early can mean lost points on your test

## 6 Types of Test-Taking Errors

Avoid by reading all the directions
2. Careless Errors
Avoid by reviewing the test
3. Concept Errors
Avoid by understanding rules and properties
4. Application Errors
Avoid by predicting test questions
5. Test-Taking Errors
Avoid by:
• Finding where most test questions are missed
• Reviewing last step in problems