By Chloe Saunders
Exams can be one of the most difficult tasks during a college career and the best way to ease anxieties would be through the utilization of archived exams.
A study from Indiana University assessed 125 introductory psychology students on their study techniques and correlated exam scores. They focused on every method of studying from study guides to highlighting to practice tests.
The study found that almost all of the test prep strategies were creating more problems than they were solving. The only strategy that helped the students’ test scores was the self-testing method.
Several months ago, I heard of a new study aid that universities like UCLA created for their students. This wonderful assistance comes in the form of archived exams where professors put their old tests up, which are available for checkout at the library. Many professors do not provide sufficient enough study materials, and if they were to utilize archived exams, then studying would come at a greater ease and GPAs would rise.
When my past professors provided study guides that related to questions on the real exams, I got better test scores. More often than not, I have ended up with the burnt-out professor, a year from retirement, who finds no use putting extra energy into helping students pass their pointless course which has nothing to do with their majors.
It is even worse when a professor believes that they are being helpful and gives their class a generalized study guide, but in reality it is an overly broad spectrum of pointless information with tiny snippets of truly testable material. An archived exam would have questions that relate to the real test, which would test both exam content and if the student is able to follow an instructor’s testing style.
Fortunately, there are some professors who try and help their students by putting some form of study material on hold at the library. According to our library’s website, there is a section called the Course Reserves, and it has both traditional checkout material and electronic reserves owned by the library and faculty.
With this many professors using the Course Reserves, you would think if there was an exam archive then a wide range of students may have a little bit easier time passing a test.
Actually doing a practice test would be inherently polytechnic because you are committing an action that is comparable to the real thing. Students shouldn’t just read a chapter and try to memorize it word for word because it is too much theory without any application of committing an exam.
Archived exams are useful for the students and practical for the instructors.
It would be foolish to ignore this method of testing because archived exams are the perfect study aid for college students.
Robert Diep / The Poly Post
Archived exams can help students study
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