Exam Preparation: Think Like a Professor: Effective exam preparation involves more than strategizing for particular test formats, such as multiple-choice or essay. Commonly referred to as “Bloom’s Taxonomy,” the framework outlined below has remained popular with teachers and students alike since the publication of Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in 1956 and its revision in 2001 as A Taxonomy for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. After you read through the categories, try to complete the practice activity below.
The following categories can help you assess your comprehension of readings, lecture notes, and other course materials. By creating and answering questions from a variety of categories, you can better anticipate and prepare for all types of exam questions.
Remember: For recall of foundational or factual information: names, dates, formulas, definitions, components, or methods. Study methods include:
Understand: To demonstrate knowledge at a deeper level; typically this requires a significant investment of time, thought, or a varied approach to a subject. Study methods include:
Apply: To recognize or use concepts in real- world situations. To address when, where, or how to employ methods and ideas. Study methods include:
Analyze: To break topic or idea into components or examine a subject from different perspectives. You want to shift from “whole” to “parts.” Study methods include:
Synthesize: To consider individual elements together for the purpose of drawing conclusions, identifying themes, or determining common elements. Here you want to shift from “parts” to “whole.” Study methods include:
Evaluate: To form an opinion, assign value, develop an argument, or judge merit. Often there is not a clear or correct answer to this type of question. What do you think and how do you support your position? Study methods include:
Create: To design, invent, offer alternative solutions, or combine elements into a new pattern. Study methods include:
Classify each test question below by the type of question described in tab one. Assume that lectures and course materials didn’t supply direct answers to questions 1-7. Answers are on the right side of this page.
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