Hi guys! I see from FB feed that the simulation exams are perceived to be difficult this year. Here are some of my thoughts on the problem – just to help you study.
Your brains need practice connecting meaning to sound – SO listen to the material constantly!!! It is partially conscious cognition – but also it takes time for your physical brain to make the connection between sound and meaning – so you must listen – pause – listen – pause – listen-pause! Take the simulation exams we did and try to summarize the KEY points that you hear!
First listen to the text 3 or 4 times and DO not worry about answering questions.
Then look at the question sheet and decide which question is most complicated for you.
Listen to the text one more time and try to write down the KEY words that you hear that you think will help you answer the question. Look at the possible connections. AT THIS POINT DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TIME!!!!
Listen to the text again and then put your key words together in the form of an answer – for the ONE question you chose to answer.
DO this again for each question – for each simulation or practice test.
YOUR brains have heard everything in the text! The only problem is to get your brain to the point where it will remember what it hears in long-term memory. This means repetition – with direction. When your brain receives a stimulus – an electrical stimulus produces a chemical reaction in your synapses (the connections between nerves). When these are strong – you pay attention to something. When these are repeated, your brain develops another point of synaptic contact. That is the passage from working memory to long-term memory. You must eat well, sleep well and do the listening exercises regularly so that your brain has the opportunity to a) strengthen the chemical connection in your synapses and b) create the extra synaptic contact for the information it hears. If you don’t give your brain the opportunity to do this – you won’t remember what you hear.
REMEMBER – you’re not doing the listening exercises really to learn about Asians and Westerners (B1) or Finance (B2), but to get to the point where your brain is fast at recognising the sounds you hear and attaching meaning to them!!! This takes time!!! You’ve already done a great deal – you’ve had 80 hours of lettorato and 8 months of listening to things in English – ALL of which has helped you for the exam!!!
Have patience and give your brains the time and energy they need to become fast at managing the material!!!!
DURING the exam – listen for key words in the text. You can read the questions first, so you can identify the key components of the questions. Listen for these during the text reading, and take notes! DO NOT attempt to write full answers during the listening. Use the time BETWEEN the text readings to compose answers!!!! DO take your notes on the answer paper (on the back) – that way I can consider them for the marks! ;D
Don’t hesitate to contact me or the language faculty tutors with questions! Contact me for questions about my course, and firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about how to do exams.
DO NOT forget to register for exams!!! It is fundamentally important that you register online BEFORE the registration closes!!! There is a message on http://www.uniurb.it/lingue that tells you more about this!!! If you don’t register, we can’t admit you to the exam.
REMEMBER – the listening, grammar, reading comp and composition are all ONE exam!!! Registration for LAZ Inglese 1 = registration for all 4 components of this exam – the first on 05 27 2011 and the second component on 30 05 2011.
After you have done the written exam, then we will begin the cycle of oral exams for the monographic and accertamento tests – unless you participate in the “pre-appello”.
Again – questions about the exam system – ask the tutors:
TUTOR 2011 email@example.com
Ilaria PulitiPesaro Studi – Ufficio Tutor
Irene SchirruVia Oddi
Francesca PotenaTUTOR ON-LINE