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Tutor profile: Emma A.

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Emma A.
Buntrock Scholar at St. Olaf College
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Subject: Study Skills

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I'm a freshman in college and just got back my first chemistry exam. I completely failed it and have no idea how to prepare moving forward. I reviewed all my notes for this test and even went through to highlight key terms and concepts. I felt very confident going into the test, but now I'm really questioning myself and my abilities. Any suggestions??

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First, I want to say that adjusting to college exams can be a very daunting task, but find comfort in knowing that it takes most people a little bit of trail and error to figure out what works best for them! Do not doubt yourself; you've got this. I would recommend trying a different study approach. It has actually been found that rereading notes and highlighting are "low utility" study techniques (Dunlosky et al. (2013), Psychological Science in the Public Interest). Taking practice tests, making flashcards to quiz yourself with, and distributing your study time over the course of a couple of weeks will probably prove much more effective!

Subject: Psychology

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Help! I'm currently in a college psychological research methods class and was asked what the two main branches of direct observational research methods are. I thought it was naturalistic observation and field experiments, but that was incorrect. I don't understand why???

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You are correct in saying that naturalistic observation is one of the main branches of direct observational research methods. This type of observation does not include any intervention. The second branch, therefore, is direct observation WITH intervention. It is under this main branch that you can then use either a field experiment, structured observation, or participant observation approach. Perhaps a visualization will help? Direct Observational Research Methods | | ____________________________ | | Direct w/o intervention Direct w/ intervention (Naturalistic) | | | | | | Participant Structured Field Observation Observation Experiments

Subject: ACT

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I'm a senior in high school. I've taken the ACT a few times, but I just can't seem to make it through the English section without running out of time! Does anyone have any helpful suggestions?

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Emma A.
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The key to improving your performance is to practice working under a time constraint. If you run a few mock trials in which you actually set a timer and complete an entire section of a previous English ACT section, while practicing speed reading strategy, you will be sure to improve your score!

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