Tips for preparing for political science courses include practice test questions, study guides, and study groups (K. Buchanan, M. Hartman, CAL).
Study groups may be used to compare notes, to make up study guides, to make up and answer practice questions, to brainstorm ideas about the test, to test one another, to share organizational aids, and to share in reading responsibilities.
Read the Book
Be sure to include information from the textbook in test answers. Some exam questions will be based solely on the text.
Test preparation activities are gainfully coordinated using study guides - a concise summary of everything you need to know for the test. Outlines generated while reading the text may be used as study guides. Just add lecture material to them. Study guide material may be organized by chapter or major topic, or by the types of information (terms, people, concepts, etc.). A sample study guide using the latter format is provided below (K. Buchanan, M. Hartman, C. Krause, CAL).
STUDY GUIDE FOR EXAM 1
Identify and answer practice test questions based on lecture material and readings. Try turning chapter headings into questions, looking for sample questions at the end of each chapter, and turning chapter objectives into questions. Because political science isn't an area where a great deal can really change in regard to subject matter (subject matter is usually just updated), try to locate information about previous tests and the instructor's preferences. The research will pay off. Examples of practice questions are given below (K. Buchanan, M. Hartman, C. Krause, CAL).
Sample Identification Questions
Mariel Boat Lift
Clear and Present Danger
Articles of Confederation
Bill of Rights
Sample Multiple Choice Questions
The eighth amendment to the Constitution deals with
a. freedom of religion
The first Chief Justice of the United States was:
a. Benjamin Franklin
Sample Essay Questions
What are the principles compromises of the Constitution?
Compare and contrast the legislative branches of the United States and Britain in terms of organization, function, and the legislative process.
Discuss the concept of federalism as it evolved in the United States.
What are the five things needed for a stable regime?
What are the principle forms of city government? Discuss the pros and cons of each.
What is the constitutional status of American cities?