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Preparing Students for Testing and Doing Better in School

Preparing Students for Testing and Doing Better in School

April 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
This resource provides teachers with interactive techniques and research-based practices to assist students in learning what they need to succeed in classroom tests as well as the high profile assessments such as the SATs. The book covers preparation for test-taking (anxiety and study skills) as well as strategies for taking essay tests and objective tests. The author includes sample exercises and a final test covering content from each chapter that teachers can use with students.
Foreword by P. David Pearson
About the Author
How to Use This Book
Note to the Teacher
Note to the Student
Part I. Doing Better in School
1. How to Avoid Test Panic
Preparing Mentally and Physically

Organizing Your Course Content

Chapter Summary

2. How to Develop a Game Plan
Master Test Schedule for the Term

Planning for Each Test

Test Analysis

Study Schedules for Each Test

Planning Test-Study Time

Game Plan Checklist

Chapter Summary

Part II. Preparing for All Tests

3. Strategies for Test-Study

Organizing Resources

Making Study Notes

Condensing Study Notes

Memorization Techniques

Chapter Summary

4. Preparing for Essay Questions and Tests
Predicting Questions

Short-Answer Questions

Long-Answe "Trace" Questions

Long-Answer "Compare and Contrast" Questions

Long-Answer "Discuss" Questions

Practicing Answers

Improving Answers With Library Research

Chapter Summary

5. Preparing for Objective Questions and Tests
Practicing Multiple-Choice Questions

Practicing Matching Questions

Practicing True/False Question

Practicing Completion Questions

Group Study for Objective Tests

Standardized Tests

Chapter Summary

Part III. Taking Tests and Doing Better
6. Getting It Together on Test Day
On the Way

In the Test Room

Before Starting to Answer

Chapter Summary

7. Taking the Essay Test
Budgeting Time

Reading the Question Carefully

Outlining the Answer

Writing Out the Answer

Re-Reading Answers

Making a Final Check

Chapter Summary

8. Taking the Objective Test
Test-Taking Steps

Test Question Cues

Answering Multiple-Choice Questions

Answering Matching Questions

Answering True/False Questions

Answering Completion Questions

When and How to Guess

Chapter Summary

A Final Word

Appendix A: A Preparing Students Final Test, Answers to Test Prep Exercises, and Answers to Final Test
Appendix B: Forms for Test Preparation and Study
Appendix C: Resources for Additional Test Preparation Assistance
Appendix D: Glossary

"Teachers will want to run—not walk—to get a copy of this book to help students do better in school. Test preparation is an important real-life skill, and this book provides step-by-step guidance to help students learn how to prepare for tests and demonstrate what they know."

Linda B. Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education
Clemson University

"All teachers and parents should read this book! It is timely and important and includes powerful, research-based strategies that will help students learn more and succeed on tests throughout the challenging years of middle school, high school, and college. Each chapter reveals superb, practical tips that every student should know, including ways to avoid test panic and to prepare for every kind of test imaginable. This is one of the best books I’ve read about practical approaches to test-taking and studying in the current high-stakes testing era."

Rosalie Fink, Professor of Literacy
Lesley University

"If you want to help students become test-smart, this is the book for you. Rona Flippo is masterful at making a potentially difficult task—taking tests—easy to teach. She provides teachers with an instructional road map that will not only help students get organized for test-taking, but will also show them how to study for and answer essay and objective questions."

Richard T. Vacca, Professor Emeritus
Kent State University

"While written for teachers, this book contains much practical knowledge on how students can adequately prepare for and successfully complete the many different types of assessments they face each day in school."

Richard Robinson, Professor
University of Missouri-Columbia

"Testing is an important part of school life. Some students do not do well on tests—not because they don't know the subject matter, but because they don't know how to effectively take or study for the test. This book will help with both of those problems. You can count on the author’s solid advice."

Ed Fry, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
Author of The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists

"Rona Flippo has done it again—given teachers and students a wonderful gift in the form of a book that demystifies this phenomenon we call testing! We should all be grateful that Flippo cares as much as she does about the plight of students and the goals of teachers committed to helping them become the type of students they would like to be."

From the Foreword by P. David Pearson

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