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This book contains 13 labs using consumable materials purchased from local stores. There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
Your school may have a Midterm Examination period in a few weeks. I have encountered all possible approaches to Midterm Exams -- schools that suspended classes and just conducted exams during this time, schools that gave these exams during the regular school day schedule, and some schools that don’t formally have midterms at all.
Students appreciate the in-class preparation. I did not reteach the course during any of the classes before exams were given, but did conduct review activities.
A typical class could involve a 10-minute lecture to review a topic, and time for group work on review questions. Sometimes I would stop student group review work with 10 minutes remaining and provide the answers to those questions as well as answering student questions.
A brief video about an appropriate topic could be a useful review for students as well. Sometimes I would start the class by answering student questions about homework problems related to review work.
Various strategies for preparing for Final Exams are also discussed on my 06/08/14 blog post.
The Objectives pages that may have been used (see post on 10/15/2014) are great because they can be gathered by the student (or you) to prepare for the exam.
If you have posted the Objectives pages on a website, students can easily reprint them if necessary.
There may be a common departmental exam – refer to your fellow teachers to find out what resources are available for review.
If you’re writing your exam from scratch, or need review materials, here’s a link to American Chemical Society (ACS) exams:
You would have to pick and choose the questions to be used. If necessary, old-fashioned “cut and paste” works for specifying review materials to what your class has covered.
If you have access to a test preparation program, it could be useful in either preparing the test or preparing review materials.
Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries. I hope it helps!
My next post should be on Friday, January 9th.
Have a good week!