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FAQ- Part II

I've done well in all of my classes; do you think I should commit more than just the time I've spent in class studying for the exam?  If yes, what about the class should I study?

STUDENT 1:
  Yes, this exam is much more important than the exams for individual classes.  Of course you should spend more time studying for it.  Realize that even though you did do well in a class, you may have taken that class two years ago.  Prioritize your studying.  For instance, classes that you took two years ago will need more studying than the ones you took recently, and classes that you did well in will take less time than those you did less well in (GENERALLY). Find out who is writing the questions for each section of the exam.  If it is a different professor than who you took it from, get in contact with them and find out which topics are most important to them.

STUDENT 2:  I would definitely study prior to the exam even doing well in classes.   This is especially important for video students who may have classes spread out over 6 years!!!  It is also important psychologically.

STUDENT 3:  Unless you have perfect recall, go back and study the classes even though you did well in them the first time.  Go back through all the old exams and see if you can still remember all those answers.  I was amazed at how many of the details I had forgotten.

STUDENT 4:  Yes, definitely commit more time to studying.  Study the info the professor focused on (i.e. exams, areas that were focused on for more than one or two classes).

STUDENT 5:  I think I answered this one above.  Don't rely on your notes alone!  Remember, you are busy writing but the lecture goes on.  Important things will be missed.  Don't forget that this exam is global in the material it covers, but the questions are on specifics.

STUDENT 6: You definitely need to study much more than you would have for a class exam.  You have the forces of time working against you - some classes (at least for me) were taken 4-5 years ago and I couldn't remember everything.  Most things were familiar, but I really had to go back and relearn some things.  For the stats/research methods exam - working problems and reviewing the books and notes.  For the rest of the classes, I would just look at it as teaching yourself the classes all over again because depending on when you took the class and what teacher you had, different things were stressed - so just studying your notes and tests will probably not cover it.  Make sure you know what books U of Idaho are currently using to teach the class, and get them if you can.  Also, if you transferred any credits into the program and didn't have to take all the U of Idaho classes, try and get the class notes/tests from someone who took the class from the U of Idaho.  Your preparation for the general knowledge exam will help you a lot for the applied exam. I just took all the concepts from the general knowledge exam and made up problems/tasks relating to everyday things, then solved them as a form of studying.  I just made note of one or two things everyday that I encountered that seemed like it would/could be changed/analyzed by HF principles and then did just that later that evening for my studying.


Which aspect of the exam (i.e., statistics, research methods, basic knowledge, applied portion) gave you the greatest difficulty?

STUDENT 1:
Overall: The applied portion Parts of the basic portion were difficult. Once again, find out who is writing the questions for each section of the exam.  If it is a different professor than who you took it from, get in contact with them and find out which topics are most important to them.

STUDENT 2:
  The part of the exam that gave me the most difficulty would have to be the basic knowledge portion.  What made that difficult was that current instructors wrote the questions and some of the questions were not covered by the instructors that I took.  (The stroop effect?  Also my sensation and perception class covered the visual system in great detail whereas the exam focused on the tactile system).

STUDENT 3:
  The closed-book exams (basic knowledge, research methods) were more difficult than the other two.  The basic knowledge portion required the most preparation and reviewing for me.  Some of the sections on that exam called for a surprising level of detail.

STUDENT 4:
  The basic knowledge.

STUDENT 5:
  The basic knowledge portion was difficult mostly because of the way questions were worded, not because of lack of material understanding.  I wasted the majority of my time trying to understand what the question was really asking, in particular the fill-in-the-blanks.  I have a hard time with questions that just don't ask what is wanted.  Exam question writing has become an art where I work so operators are quite sensitive to vague or unclear questions.  Each question undergoes 3 reviews before a student ever has a chance of seeing it on an exam (we still have our problems though and definitely need to improve ourselves in this area). The applied portion was also hard because there were so many possibilities.  One could take so many directions.  I found myself thinking of many concepts I should have included after I completed the exam.  I only hoped that perfection was not required for such a short time restraint to accomplish a task that would normally take much longer.

STUDENT 6:
The general knowledge exam was by far the hardest for me.  It was much, much more detailed than I expected and there were many concepts that were never taught in some of my classes - so that made it very difficult.  Plus, the format of T/F, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer was not what I expected.