Tips on doing well on this time of class test?

In summary: You would need to see if they could explain the solution in a way that makes sense and is coherent.In summary, the questions on the test are not really straightforward and can be difficult to solve. However, if you study enough and try not to look at the timer, you may be able to do well.
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Hello in my physics program at Trent university (Canada) we have replaced written midterms with interactive tests where we are given a remote and multiple choice questions on the slideshow.

For each question ( all conceptual) 1 minute is given per question (5 choices per question). Each test worth 12% of our grade and we have 4 class tests in total. I have already had one test so far (2nd one coming very soon) which I did very poorly.

We sit in the lecture hall and each of have a remote that corresponds to our student file. Whatever button we press get recorded and the last button we click before the timer is up on each question is recorded as our response to that question.

I can't seem to function well when placed in such a stressful situation. If you give me a written midterm with conceptual questions/ calculations and tell me I have two hours to finish the midterm, that's perfectly all right. I am prepared for that. But for this type of test, where we get 1 minute per question, I either blank out or panic. My brain stops working and I end up watching the countdown timer instead.

Anyone have strategy for doing well in these kind of "new" tests? They worth almost half of our grade so doing well is essential. Thanks.
 
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p3t3r1 said:
Hello in my physics program at Trent university (Canada) we have replaced written midterms with interactive tests where we are given a remote and multiple choice questions on the slideshow.

For each question ( all conceptual) 1 minute is given per question (5 choices per question). Each test worth 12% of our grade and we have 4 class tests in total. I have already had one test so far (2nd one coming very soon) which I did very poorly.

We sit in the lecture hall and each of have a remote that corresponds to our student file. Whatever button we press get recorded and the last button we click before the timer is up on each question is recorded as our response to that question.

I can't seem to function well when placed in such a stressful situation. If you give me a written midterm with conceptual questions/ calculations and tell me I have two hours to finish the midterm, that's perfectly all right. I am prepared for that. But for this type of test, where we get 1 minute per question, I either blank out or panic. My brain stops working and I end up watching the countdown timer instead.

Anyone have strategy for doing well in these kind of "new" tests? They worth almost half of our grade so doing well is essential. Thanks.

Wow, one minute per question seems a bit low unless the question is relatively simple. The obvious answer is to study enough so that you know the answer. Also, try to relax and not look at the timer. Take some deep breaths before you start.

CS
 
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The questions are not really straightforward. They are the type of questions you would find in end of chapter conceptual questions in a standard undergraduate physics textbook.

They are usually tricky questions involving you to manipulate equations, usually several at once and sometimes involves you assessing two different situations and compare them etc..
 
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First you say they are conceptual:

p3t3r1 said:
For each question ( all conceptual)

Then you say they are not:

p3t3r1 said:
They are usually tricky questions involving you to manipulate equations

Is this significant? Could this mean that you are miscategorizing these problems because you don't really understand them so well? Is it possible that the test is actually telling you something?

Being able to solve a problem eventually may not be a good indicator of understanding - as an example, the fact that someone can solve a one minute conservation of energy problem after spending hours treating it as an equations of motion problem does not mean they understand conservation of energy.
 

Related to Tips on doing well on this time of class test?

1. How can I prepare effectively for this type of class test?

One of the best ways to prepare for this type of class test is to review your class notes and any assigned readings. Make sure to also review any study guides or review materials provided by your professor. Additionally, try to practice with sample questions or create your own practice quizzes to test your understanding of the material.

2. Is it better to study alone or in a study group for this type of test?

This can vary for each individual, but it is generally recommended to study in a group for this type of test. This allows for discussion and collaboration, which can help solidify your understanding of the material. However, if you prefer to study alone, make sure to set aside dedicated study time and create a study plan to stay organized.

3. How can I manage my time effectively during the test?

First and foremost, make sure to read the instructions carefully and allocate your time accordingly. For example, if the test is divided into sections, make sure to pace yourself to complete each section within the given time frame. Additionally, try not to spend too much time on one question. If you get stuck, move on to the next question and come back to it later.

4. Should I review my answers after completing the test?

It is generally a good idea to review your answers after completing the test, if time allows. This can help catch any careless mistakes or areas where you may have misunderstood a question. However, try not to second-guess yourself too much as this can lead to unnecessary changes and potentially lower your score.

5. What should I do if I am feeling nervous or anxious before the test?

Feeling nervous or anxious before a test is completely normal. One way to combat these feelings is to practice deep breathing or other relaxation techniques before the test. It can also be helpful to remind yourself of your preparation and trust in your abilities. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, try to talk to a friend or trusted teacher for support and encouragement.

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