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Lesson #8 - In-Class Testing
This is is the final lesson on using Systematic Study - PAT- in class. We will begin with a brief review of how to get the most out of class.
First, Prepare well. Set goals for yourself, clear your mind of distractions, think about what you know, and guess what your teacher will say. Be sure you have your pen, paper, and other materials ready so you can take good notes.
Second, Act to learn. Be an active listener and participate in class. Keep your
attention focused, summarize regularly, record main points in your notes, and make sure
you listen for main points. If you aren't sure of the main point, then ask your teacher.
Review your notes so you can explain main points. Read assignments and do homework.
Yes, the third step of Systematic Study is Test and you should do this as part of your learning in every class.
The purpose of a class is for you to learn something new. So, you should be able to do something after the class that you could not do before it. This may be answering a question, working a problem, explaining an issue, identifying people, stating names, dates, or other facts.
To ensure that you have been successful, you should Test yourself. You can do
this several ways.
There are two ways you can tell if you have learned the material.
The first is accuracy. If you correctly do one or more of the test actions above, it is a good sign you have learned. Pay attention to being right and also complete. You want to include all the important points.
The second is how well or easily you were able to do the test actions. Many students will fool themselves by thinking they know material when they do not. If you have trouble with the test actions, this is a signal to study more. Take the time to do this right away because this is when you will learn the most.
Q: Won't this take a lot of time?
No, Testing will not take a lot of time; but, it will take some time. How much time testing will take depends on how well you learned in class. If you listened carefully, took good notes, and reviewed your notes, testing should not take more than 2 to 5 minutes. If it takes longer, then you need to study more.
The purpose of Test in Systematic Study is for you to determine what you have learned and how well you have learned it. If you find you did not learn as well as you need to to meet your goals, you can take action to improve.
You can reread your notes, ask your teachers questions, review your text books, and
study your notes. The great thing about self-testing is that you control your own
success. You do not have to guess about how you are doing or depend on someone else to
judge your learning.
Try each one of the test actions with each of your classes. You will find that one test action may work better with one class than another. Or, you may find you prefer to use the same action with every class. Either way is alright as long as you are sure you are testing yourself well. You can use Form 8.1 to keep track of your test actions.
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