One instructional activity that will help students review information so they can perform well on a test is to do a brief daily review for 10 minutes on what they have been learning. Then help the students learn how to focus on which answers make the most correct sense when given multiple choices. Presenting students with a worksheet of potential questions on a test is a good way for them to review. But, a lot of students choke when it comes to test time and make careless mistakes when it comes to selecting answers. One of the most powerful tricks that students can learn with regards to multiple choice questions is the skillful way to eliminate absurd answers. Once a student takes the pre-test, one of the best ways for them to see how the correct answer came about to be the “actual” correct answer is for the teacher to review each question with the students as a group. The teacher should have students write down the solution on how to solve the actual problem next to the problem itself and then allow students to take the pre-test home to review for the actual test.

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This activity helps the students organize and recall information by activating prior learning knowledge. This is extremely important when it comes to reviewing for state exams. Students will have to review data that they may have learned 6 months prior, which for some might entail learning everything all over again. By having the teacher give the students a pre-test to see how much they know and remember, it not only gives the teacher some direction on what the class as a whole needs to review, but also gives the student an idea of what they need to study. When the teacher grades these papers and then reviews the answers with the students, they can actually see why they got the incorrect answer. When the teacher demonstrates how to solve the problem, then the students can reach into their prior learning knowledge and realize “oh I forgot that is how you do that”.