There are two examinations planned for this class.

The examinations will take place in class during the normally schedule class time on the dates indicated on the syllabus. You are responsible for attending class on those date to take the exams. See the course syllabus for information on scheduling conflicts.

Advice From Former Students

Read what former students had to say about reading quizzes and examinations.

Using Notes and other Logistics

For in-class exams, you may bring one page (two sides) of 8.5 by 11 paper containing your notes. They may be laser printed (in a small font), manually written, or any combination. They may include direct reproductions of slides or parts of slides. If you studied with a partner, you and your partner may use the same cheat sheet (but, of course, you must take the test individually).

For take-home exams, you may use any notes, books, materials or websites. However, you may not use the direct help of other humans (including other students in this class) and the work you turn in must be your own.

Exam Topics

Each exam covers everything up to and including the day of the exam. (The "Trivia" and "Psychology" slides with colored borders and the Optional Reading are not part of the exam, but may be part of extra credit questions.) This means that something in the lecture the "day before" the exam is fair game. This also means that the second exam is cumulative and may include material also covered in the first part of the exam (but it is likely to focus more on new material).

General philosophy:

Previous Exams

Previous Midterm Exams (i.e., Exam #1) and answer keys:

Previous Final Exams (i.e., Exam #2) and answer keys:

Note that provided answer keys need not be exhaustive: they often list "one possible answer" rather than "all possible answers".

Review Sessions

If there is sufficient interest, the TAs will organize review sessions for the exam. This will not happen automatically. Demonstrate your interest via the forum or your discussion section.

Study Aids

Practice Reading Your Notes Out Loud

"Producing items by means as simple as saying, writing, or typing them can yield substantial memory improvements relative to silent reading. We review the research on this production effect and outline some important extensions and boundary conditions. We also evaluate the evidence that production enhances the distinctiveness of items in memory during encoding, thereby facilitating their later retrieval. There are issues to resolve and areas to explore, but production offers a practical means of enhancing some forms of long-term, explicit memory."

Colin M. MacLeod and Glen E. Bodner. The Production Effect in Memory. Memory, Vol 26, Issue 4, 2017.