TEST 2 STUDY GUIDE
Test 2 will be given in class… (see class
schedule). Emphasis will be on those subjects addressed in the
text AND in lecture (about 50-50, lecture versus text, in terms of where
test questions will come from). Obvious duplications are obvious
things to look at more closely. The test is worth 100 points. The
format is multiple-choice. Expect to be able to interpret maps and
diagrams. Bring a calculator.
Read ahead. Read early. By now your are a veteran 104
student. You can expect Test 2 to be similar in many ways to Test
1. You probably have already figured out that cramming the night
before the test puts information in your head but not context.
Knowing definitions for highlighted terms in the textbook alone will earn a
C. Knowing how the things described by these terms fit together gets
you the A. Being conversant with these connections is very
challenging. Especially, I think, for brand new students of
Geography. How do you study for something like this? We think
it is better to study intensely, a few hours or sessions over a few days
than to do it all at once. Some people do best when they see it, hear
it, then write it (information). Try recopying your notes or making a
few flash cards.
Study guides come in many forms. Some instructors provide detailed,
specific lists of concepts for students to study. Others provide no
input beyond listing the chapters to be covered on an exam. In either
case, the goal of the instructor is to develop your independent skills at
collating, prioritizing, and assimilating content. I believe that learning
how to learn is as important as the information provided in this
course. Learning how to learn is why you are in college.
I hope that this class will help you take a step toward becoming a master
learner, someone who can coolly and effectively dissect new information,
distinguish the important from the unimportant, prioritize it, and make
connections between it and information from your own pre-existing knowledge
and experience. Hence, to foster the development of this skill, I
will provide you with some practice. This study guide will provide
study strategies and alert you to "markers", ways to determine
relative significance of given bits of content. It will also provide
some specifics like, "know this, be able to define that,
Strategies For Studying The Text
Study the text first. Content presented in lectures weaves in and out
and through that presented in the text but the framework, the "cosmic
structure" of this course, at least within chapters, closely follows
that of Christopherson.
At the beginning of each chapter Christopherson provides you the reader
with a list of key learning concepts that will be answered in the chapter. You
should be able to explain, describe, relate, identify, distinguish
the key learning concepts when you are finished reading the chapter (I
recommend writing out your responses to these concepts as part of your test
preparation). Consider these as excellent sample test
questions. Christopherson also provides a summary and review at the
end of each chapter. Use these as a catalyst to crystallize your
understanding of the subject matter presented in the chapter and in
lectures. Practice preparing written answers to the questions in
these sections too.
Chapters in Christopherson are extensively outlined (SECTIONS, main
headings, subheadings, subsubheadings) and key
concepts, phrases and words are highlighted, italicized and/or put in
boxes. This outline = Christopherson's priorities! The
highlighted concepts and definitions are used to link information
together. They are the "dots". If you can connect the
dots you have mastered the chapter.
Do not forget to read and carefully examine the figures in each
chapter. News reports and figures are particularly fertile ground for
test question generation. The few students who believe me when I say
this are well-served. LOOK AT THE PICTURES!
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