Grammar (~15), Ch. 4 Study Dates + Times
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Semester 1, Final Exam Study Guide, Eng. 9, Dec. 2013, Exam date: ______ You have 9 study days before the final semester exam. The first step to success is to break such a big task into smaller chunks, so create a timetable to help you organize your study time. Indicate in the right hand margin the days and times you will study for each section of the exam. If you have room, indicate how you’ll study (make flash cards, review notes, reread text sections, review handouts, review assignments…) Grammar (~15), Ch. 4
Study Dates + Times
o Know the difference between an independent and a subordinate clause o Be able to identify a clause as independent or subordinate o Define the following: noun clause, adjective clause, adverb clause o Be able to identify a clause as noun, adjective, or adverb o Identify correct comma use with clauses o Define the following: simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, compound-complex sentence o Be able to identify a sentence as simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex
Nonfiction (~40) o Distinguish characteristics and types of nonfiction (p. 280-281 Literature text) o Answer questions about the nonfiction read in class: Cisneros’ narrative essay (personal narrative) Pete Gray magazine article Wright’s autobiographical excerpt Wiesel’s memoir excerpt Wiesel’s speech excerpt Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven” Santiago Baca poem “I Am Offering This Poem” Vocabulary Review (~40) o Lessons 1 through 14 accolade anathema candid cataclysm convene critique dexterity discourse fallacy finesse indisputable infer meritorious nemesis precocious prosaic Pyrrhic victory quaff ravenous red herring subliminal thwart
behold commence culinary embark idiom innocuous perceptive pugnacious quixotic saturnine veracity
broach connotation devious envision idiosyncrasy laudable preclude pungent raconteur semantics verbose
Job Application and Interview Do’s and Don’ts (~10) Guest speaker Krista Wendt, Friday, Dec. 13! How to Study For Exams Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Study-For-Exams Exams are a necessary and stressful part of study. Since they are so important, you need to study in ways that get the best results. Here are some ways to improve your study skills. Adapt them to your needs and environment to make the best of your education. Steps
Create a timetable. Budget your time wisely to ensure that you cover all the topics covered in the exam. Remember to take regular breaks and get
out and exercise. Rewrite your notes to aid memory. Rewriting your notes is great if you're a kinesthetic learner. Mind mapping is the most effective way of doing this. Also, when you re-write something, you will probably think about what you are writing, what it's about, and why you wrote it down.
Most importantly, it refreshes your memory. Find the right hours. Don't study when you're really tired. It's better to get a good night's sleep after studying for a short time, than to push on at two in the morning.
You won't remember much and you're likely to see a performance drop the next day. Don't cram. Cramming the night before is proven to be ineffective, because you're taking in so much information at once
that it's impossible to memorize it at all — in fact, you'll hardly retain anything.
Different subjects call
for different studying. If it's math you're studying for, work on the problems. If you are studying for a more social subject, re-read your notes, or re-write them! Make sure you know what you're talking about (rather than just memorizing your notes)! Don't simply copy your notes over and over again. This tends to lean towards memorizing the exact wording of your notes instead of the actual concepts. Instead, read and think about the contents of your notes (such as think of examples), and then re-word
them. Choose good surroundings. How do you study best? In your PJ's and your favorite t-shirt? With music or without? In your room or outside? You probably won't be able to study effectively with distractions
like family members and outside noises. Take breaks. You need some time to have fun and it is better to revise when you are feeling relaxed than to exhaust yourself studying all day! The only caveat is, you need to avoid procrastination. If you have trouble bringing yourself to study, instead of long uninterrupted sessions, chunk your work into 20 minute periods, taking a 10-minute break at the end of every period.
Plan ahead. Always create a plan before you start studying. Remember that this plan has to be
achievable. Review your notes. When you are finished studying one page of your notes, before you move on to the next page, ask yourself questions relating to the material on that page to see if you have remembered what you just studied. It also helps to say the answers to your questions out loud as if you were trying to explain it to someone else.
Ask for help. If you need help, ask someone who is good at these
subjects. Friends, family, teachers are all good options.
Be prepared on the big day. On the day of
your exam, look at your notes before the exam so that the information is still fresh in your head. Get plenty
of rest the night before. Eat a balanced breakfast full of lean protein, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. A sample breakfast might include a spinach omelet with smoked salmon, whole wheat toast, and a banana.