Episode 112: How to Handle Finals Week

Finals week is an extremely stressful time for both professors and students, because of the sense of being overwhelmed. How can we make finals week a little less awful for teachers and students? Join Dinur and Adam as we discuss this issue! Show Notes Herzing.edu, “How to Create Your Own Study Guide” UndergraduatesWrite, “Asking Teachers […]

Episode 109: How to Handle Final Exams

Many students panic over finals – and it’s not surprising. Finals can make or break your class grade in many classes, and some students get themselves into a total panic about them. But it’s important to know that you can handle finals. Join Adam and Dinur for some final-exam prep strategies! Show Notes Herzing University’s […]

Episode 44: How to Take Written Tests (Essay, Short Answer, and Fill-In-The-Blank)

In this episode, Dinur and Adam go over how to prepare for and take written exams, including short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and the dreaded essay. Join us for tips, tricks, and strategies to handle these exams like a test-taking pro! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Episode 20- An Interview With Gretchen Wegner Episode […]

Episode 43: How to Take Multiple-Choice, True/False, and Matching Question Tests

In episode 5 out of 6 in our All Things Testing Series, Dinur and Adam talk about how to take tests when the questions are multiple-choice, true/false, or matching questions. Listen in for some great short test-taking strategies! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Episode 39 – How to Write Multiple-Choice, True/False, […]

Episode 42: All About Rubric Creation

In this episode, Dinur and Adam cover how to create rubrics for qualitative grading so your qualitative grading can still remain objective. We also touch on how students can use rubrics to check their own work and study! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript! Show Notes Rubric Examples PDF Download

Episode 41 – How To Write Effective Written Questions

How do you create an effective written test question? In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about how to do exactly that with essays, short answer questions, and fill-in-the-blanks.  Click Here To Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Kansas State Test Creation Guide PDF How to Answer Homework Questions PDF  

Episode 39: How to Write Effective Multiple-Choice, True/False, and Matching Questions

Writing tests doesn’t have to be difficult! Join Dinur and Adam as we discuss ways to write effective multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions for college exams! Click Here to Download This Episode’s Transcript!  Show Notes Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and Learning Guide University of Texas at Austin Multiple-Choice Exam Guide Arizona State University Reference Guide […]

Episode 38: How to Create Effective Tests

Teachers! In this first part of our six-episode All Things Testing series, Adam and Dinur talk about how to create effective tests – the starting point for making sure your tests make sense to your students and to you. (Students may want to listen in, to find out the logic behind how we create tests.) […]

How to Create and Use a Practice Test

As final exams approach on the calendar, many students resort to the “cram and jam” method of learning. While this is understandable, it’s also not going to help – cramming never does. In past posts on this blog, I’ve recommended self-quizzing, which is a scientifically-supported way to get better scores on exams. But I don’t […]

How to Prepare for Final Exams

When you’re staring down the barrel of finals week, you may begin to feel a little panicky. This is normal! And just like everything else, if you plan for it, it makes it less stressful. Here’s a quick checklist to follow for each of your final exams. What Will The Exam Look Like? First, find […]

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How to Stop Overthinking

The biggest question I got from my students in emails this past week was: “I keep overthinking tests and assignments. How do I stop overthinking?” Overthinking is a really common problem in high school and college! Part of the reason is that tests are usually high-stress situations, and big assignments often “count” for a lot […]

3 Ways to Cope With Test Stress

Almost every student I’ve ever met stresses out about tests. Whether it’s a quiz, a midterm, or a final exam, it’s one of the most stressful things students cope with. And it’s no wonder – we live in a society that prioritizes test scores! But research has also shown that going into a test stressed […]

How to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

The other day, I had a student ask me about her start-of-class quiz. She hadn’t done well. “Tell me what happens when you see the questions,” I said. “I always think I know the answer, but then I think I must be wrong, so I choose a different answer.” “And how does that work out?” […]