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I got a test coming up where the professor is hardly giving any direction on what it will be like. There are no powerpoints or study guides and he wasn't even sure of the format of the test, just that there will be essays. He just said he wants us to tie it together. All I got are the notes I took from class and the book which he hasn't focused a lot on. Anyone got any tips for studying, I would appreciate it.
 

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I might be very wrong but I have noticed a direct relation between raw amount of studying and exam grade. Your situation sux but I say devote 15-20 hours to looking over your notes until you feel like you can talk about everything. Stating subject would help as well..
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I got a test coming up where the professor is hardly giving any direction on what it will be like. There are no powerpoints or study guides and he wasn't even sure of the format of the test, just that there will be essays. He just said he wants us to tie it together. All I got are the notes I took from class and the book which he hasn't focused a lot on. Anyone got any tips for studying, I would appreciate it.

your best bet is to just understand his notes really well i.e. understand how each topic relates to one another? I don't know, it's hard to give advice to somebody when you haven't had the same professor or taken the course yourself.
 
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I got a test coming up where the professor is hardly giving any direction on what it will be like. There are no powerpoints or study guides and he wasn't even sure of the format of the test, just that there will be essays. He just said he wants us to tie it together. All I got are the notes I took from class and the book which he hasn't focused a lot on. Anyone got any tips for studying, I would appreciate it.
Really?........you mean sometimes your professors tell you what is going to be on the test or what to focus on? I wish I went to that school.....:sleep:
 
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Anyone got any tips for studying, I would appreciate it.

I had a professor that never told us the test format ahead of time and delighted in torturing us about the myriad possibilities, and each test was different. One's only recourse was to study as if the test could be 1) all essays, or brief written answers, 2) multiple choice, 3) true/false, or 4) a mixture. Sure it takes a little more time to be that thorough, but if you want the A, you have to know the material that well. Think of it as a challenge.
 

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This is one thing I've noticed a lot of people (the science majors in particular) flip out about... You just have to study, and anticipate a bit. Every lecture there is usually something that seems to pop up, whether intentional or not, over and over again. You may have not noticed at the time, but scan over your nuts and kind of reflect back. Odds are that'll be something on the exam. Even though he /she doesn't follow the book directly, you can still use it as reference. If you strive to know the material slightly better than the notes (aka not memorizing them), then you stand a better chance at an essay type question. I guess I'm used to it with the liberal arts stuff...god knows how many exams I walked into where it was just over 3 or 4 books, and 10 short stories and you'd just have to anticipate. Same with my usability courses in information science. You learn to anticipate, ask yourself "What would be a good essay question" and try to answer as many of those as you can..just by answering your own practice essays you learn the material....so try that. Kind of a roundabout way to answer the question but there you go.
 

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drop in during office hours...i've noticed professors are usually much more open about test info when there are only a few students around. i think the use that as a reward for students who come to office hours and ask good questions.
 

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I'd use the lecture notes as your primary study material, and use that to decide which parts of the book to review (if you are going to use the book at all).

For applicative tests, or tests where you don't know the format or what's going to be on it, everyone is on the same playing field - no previous exams, no people soliciting the professor for specific tips - so if you get stumped anywhere on the exam, play the partial credit game as best you can.
 

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make sure to go over the figures from the text...they tend to show up in some form or fashion
 
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