Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Study Resources for the Learning Unit

Hi all!

Preparing for your FRQ Test on Learning will require you to exhibit mastery of the three major approaches to learning: Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, and Observational Learning. Because it is possible that you would be asked to write about ANY term, concept, or researcher from this unit, you may want to approach this topic differently than you have approached previous units.

Here's what I would do:
  1. Review the Learning Objectives for this unit. These are the things you would want to be prepared to discuss/describe/apply on the FRQ.
  2. To test for basic understanding of these concepts, you could start by trying the practice multiple choice questions you were given in class on Monday, or you could try these. Whichever ones you use, pay attention to which items you are answering correctly v. incorrectly. If you repeatedly miss items on, say, reinforcement schedules, that signals a need to review that content. (If you find need a quick review of some big ideas, see the links below or go to the "Study Resources" page of the blog).
  3. When you move on to vocabulary review on Quizlet, focus on generating EXAMPLES or APPLICATIONS of each term, idea, or person, since this is what you will be asked to do on the FRQ (in addition to knowing the definitions). A good use of Quizlet this unit would be to review the flashcards (term first), and WRITE the definition as best you can from memory, AND an accompanying example. If you can do this for every term in the set, you are probably ready for tomorrow's test.
  4. If possible, you should try to make the study session tonight, especially if you want to see examples of what the FRQ might look like tomorrow. Obviously, the practice questions we use will not be on the test, but you'll get a sense of what it feels like to try to apply these terms.
  5. Review the FRQ Writing Tips you received earlier this year. It is always good to remind yourself of what quality FRQ writing is (and is not), but it is especially important when the bulk of your score will be determined by the quality of your FRQ, as on this test.
Good luck with your preparation! Don't be afraid to ask questions (of me or of your peers)!

Other Helpful Study Resources for this Unit:

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