10 Test Taking Strategy Tips to Help your Students with Global History Regents
- August 31, 2018
- Posted by: tgpanthadmin
- Category: Resources
- Use a Grid.
- Geographical Impact on History
- Use Past Tests.
- Familiarize Students with Essay Expectations.
- Use Writing Resources for Thematic and DBQ Essays.
- Learn the Types of Questions.
- Understand the timeline.
- Utilize Review Packets.
- Number of Documents for the DBQ Essay is Important.
- Plurals are Important!
Show your students how to use a grid to help them make sure they address each point of the essay question. For example, if they have to identify two causes of two world conflicts, as well as the short- or long-term effect of each, they are addressing six points. So they could put the two conflicts on the side, and then the causes and effects on the top. In each box, they then list their notes to answer each point of the question.
Make sure your students know the impact of geography on history. For example, Britain managed to escape being taken over more than once in history because of its isolation as an island.
Past exams are available online, so encourage your students to review them and to take practice exams throughout the year to familiarize them with the topics on and the formatting of the exam.
Get your students ready to take the DBQ and thematic parts of the exam by having them take practice exams throughout the year and using the rubrics available to mark their own and each other’s essays to make sure their essays include everything necessary to earn a high mark.
The New Visions for Public Schools website offers teachers several lesson plans to prepare students for the writing they will need to do for the thematic and DBQ essays. These include cause and effect transitions, writing with outside information, and introducing evidence with source information.
Familiarize your students with the different types of multiple choice questions on the exam, which include recall, data-based questions, political cartoon-based questions, and map-based questions.
Students should know that the majority of the multiple choice part of the test is in chronological order. So if they are able to eliminate choices that don’t belong to the time period in question, they have a better chance of getting an answer correct.
Multiple teachers have posted extensive review packets online for you to use. One of them, posted by New Visions for Public Schools from Mark Russo, includes a series of Google Docs on different units that cover the multiple choice part of the exam and provides background information for answering essays.
Show your students to look for the number of documents they need to answer the DBQ essay question.
On the DBQ essay, students needs to know that when there is an “s” at the end of a word in the task, they need to discuss two or more of what is addressed in the directions. The instructions don’t always say to say how many topics you need to discuss.