7 Tips to Forming a Successful NOSB Team #3
Each student needs to be familiar with all 8 subjects. However, students should be concentrating the bulk of their studying/reviewing on their own 1-2 areas of expertise. When studying for the buzzer section keep in mind the oral toss-up questions must be answered in less than 5 seconds and the bonus questions must be answered in less than 20 seconds. Focus more time studying things like definitions, formulas, concepts, and short answer problems. By preparing wisely, the students will be able to spend more time practicing and learning to solve problems for the toss-up, bonus, and team challenge questions more efficiently.
Take advantage of the practice buzzer and team challenge questions supplied on the NOSB website. These practice questions will help familiarize you with the type and style of questions asked throughout the competition. When preparing for the team challenge portion, look for topics in your studies that require the application of multiple concepts and mixing of science terminology with mathematics, as these are the types of questions which will be asked. Also, remind students that partial credit will be given on team challenge questions, so even if they don’t know the complete answer, writing down their thought process may gain them additional points.
The worldwide web is also a good resource for great knowledge games, CD-ROMS, and interactive study tools. Another excellent study tool is to have the students write their OWN questions and then use these questions during practice competitions. Writing their own questions will help solidify important concepts.