Credit Recovery Tips and Study Guide
If you have already started your credit recovery course, you may have discovered your first assignment is simply a test. The better you do on this test, the less work you will have to do in the course. If you score above a 70%, you are done with that Unit. Twenty (or so) assignments have suddenly gone away!
To put it in perspective, you can spend 2 hours before the pre-test (studying, taking notes, etc.) or you can spend 15 hours after you take the pre-test (without preparation) completing all of the assignments (including projects, essays, etc.) that open up for you.
So...to do well on the test, please follow the steps below:
1) Complete Orientation first (https://class.brandywinevirtualacademy.org)
2) Spend two hours “studying” for the pre-test. To do this:
a. Review the glossary in the unit (found by going to the Courses tab, clicking on the course name, then the unit name in which you are working) and write down each word and its definition.
b. After that, get out some 4x6 index cards or tear sheets of notebook paper in half.
c. Click on this link. It should take you to a series of study guides. Find the study guide for your course and open it.
d. You will see a bunch of different topics. Put each unit name and topic from the course syllabus at the top of the card or piece of paper. Examples follow:
i. Algebra I – You would have on one card, “Variables and Expressions, on another card," “Exponents and Order of Operations,” and so on.
ii. American History I – You would have on one card, “Revival of Trace and Commerce,” on another card, “New Ideas and Religious Changes,” and so on.
iii. English I - You would have on one card, “Parts of Speech and Noun Types,” on another card, “Adjectives,” and so on.
e. "Google,” “Wikipedia,” or conduct another search on each topic.
f. Write down formulas (for math), important dates, people, and places (for history), vocabulary words (for English), examples, etc. from Google (or wherever you decide to go).
g. If certain concepts are unclear or you need more review:
i. Use the internet links (if available) after the glossary in ODY
ii. Go to your course teacher pages for PowerPoints, live lesson recordings, and other resources and links
iii. Visit these web sites:
1. For math and science, https://www.khanacademy.org (click on Subjects near top left corner).
2. For history, www.historyworld.net.
3. For English, Purdue Owl at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/sitemap/ or https://www.englishleap.com/resources
3) After you have taken notes, take a break! You have earned it. Get away from the computer. Have a snack, walk around outside, play with the dog, whatever.
4) Review your notes, filling in details you remember from the past year or things you remember from searching on the web.
5) Give it another 20 minutes for the material to sink in.
6) Then take the pre-test. You may use any notes you have taken, text books, print-outs, etc. All of the assessments in your course are "open book, open notes." One thing to remember, however, is you may not navigate to another web site. You will get locked out of the pre-test, and this will create a delay in you finishing the course.
You have limited time, so we want to be sure you have some basic instructions as to where to start. You may also want to review this video (start around 2:36) on information regarding credit recovery courses at BVA and this PowerPoint on basic study skills for our courses.