Mid Term Study Guide

The exam covers chapters 1, 12-15 (4CE) or 1, 11-13 (3CE), the online notes 1, 12-15

Know some things including (this is NOT an exhaustive list!) …

  • weathering
  • volcanoes (including the various types)
  • rivers and erosion
  • types of mass movement
  • faults (including the various types)
  • rock stress strain and surfaces
  • anticlines, synclines, folding, and faulting
  • the 3 main different classes of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic)
  • the basic structure of the earth
  • latitude and longitude
  • slopes and mass movement
  • types of equilibrium in systems
  • how to read an NTS map (grid references, scales, etc – NOT all the individual symbols for churches, schools, etc)

The exam is NOT open book.

The exam will be monitored by PROCTORIO – all activity will be recorded and reviewed. Any academic dishonesty will result in a 0 and an “F’ in the course. I will be checking. No appeals.

Remember you are studying in Catholic learning environment and are expected to behave by standards of Christian morality and ethics.


  • You must take a Proctorio exam on a desktop or full laptop computer (tablets or smartphones are not allowed) which has a working web camera and microphone.
  • You must use CHROME and download the Proctorio Chrome extension. Download it now.
  • You must also complete the exam in a private location with a good Internet connection.
  • Make arrangements NOW. No webcam/microphone, NO GRADE.
  • Please watch the Proctorio student Guide video as this will give you an idea of what to you will experience while being proctored online. If you experience any technical issues please use the Proctorio support site.
  • You will need to present your student ID or driver’s license . Smile for a picture, then take your exam!
  • I have posted a TEST QUIZ on Canvas.  Please try it before Friday.

You should have received an email with this information or it is on ARC for STUDENTS:

Be Laptop/Desktop Ready for Proctorio
What You Need to Be Ready for Final Exams   Hello Students, As instructors use and require Proctorio exam monitoring for your final exams, here is a comprehensive guide + checklist that will help you make sure you are ready for them.


  • Proctorio is a remote proctoring service that is used with some classes when you take quizzes and exams in Blackboard.
  • Proctorio may record your webcam, your screen, or other actions during the exam session and share that information with your instructor.


  • A regular computer (Windows/Mac computer or laptop)
  • A working webcam and microphone (internal or USB)
  • A reliable (high-speed) internet connection
  • Your student/government photo ID
  • The Google Chrome browser
  • The Proctorio Google Chrome extension
  • A quiet private location with a reliable internet connection.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure these requirements are met. 

  • I have posted a TEST QUIZ on Canvas.  Please try it well before the real exam.


  • You need to use a regular computer (Windows/Mac computer or laptop). You cannot take the exams from mobile devices (e.g., iPhone, iPad, Android device, etc). You need a working webcam and microphone (depending on the options your instructor has selected).
  • You must use the Google Chrome web browser and the Proctorio Extension.
  • You need to install the Proctorio extension for Google Chrome. Installation takes less than 30 seconds. The exam that requires Proctorio will usually prompt you to install the extension if you need it.
  • You need to have a photo ID card available. Depending on the settings your instructor has used for the exam you may be asked to hold up your ID to document you are the test taker.
  • You need to be ready for room scans. Again, depending on the settings on your exam Proctorio may ask you to do a room scan; turning your web camera in a 360-degree pan to look at the room. Proctorio may ask more than once if the program hears noises: the application is trying to ensure there is nobody else in the room.

Using Proctorio is fairly simple. Proctorio walks you through the process as you’re taking the exam, so you do not need to refer to any instructions while you’re using Proctorio.


  • Proctorio will record the students’ identity via webcam and, depending upon the exam settings controlled by individual instructors, monitor your exam attempt in various ways. A multitude of privacy provisions have been established to ensure student privacy and FERPA compliance.
    • During the exam Proctorio may do the following:
      • Take screenshots of your desktop
      • Detect the number of computer monitors connected to your computer
      • Record your room via your webcam
      • Record your web traffic
    • This information will only be recorded if the professor has enabled it within the exam settings.
    • The information is stored with zero-knowledge encryption, which means the data is encrypted both in transit and at rest.
    • Once an exam is completed, Proctorio no longer has access to this information.
      • It is impossible for anyone at Proctorio or any of its affiliates to view exam recordings.
      • Exam recordings are only accessible to authorized users at Corpus Christi College & St. Mark’s College.
      • Proctorio has no file access of any kind. Proctorio cannot and will not access any of your personal files or documents.
      • Proctorio never stores academic information from any of its users.

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The exam will be 80 multiple choice, short answer and other questions.

There will probably be too many questions for you to answer in the time allowed (yes, there is a time limit). You will have to work quickly. That’s OK. If I need to, I will scale the marks.

For example

Climatology refers to

   a. the scientific study of climate

    b. the study of climbing apparatuses in playgrounds

    c. the study of those who have summited Mt. Everest

        Hopefully you’ll pick (a)! 

 How to Study …

  1. Read over the online notes.  I like the “onion method” of studying as opposed to cramming.  The onion method means I read over the notes tonight … and absorb some (one layer of knowledge).  I read over the notes tomorrow (another layer of knowledge).  And so on, and so on, gradually adding layers of knowledge.  The challenge is, you can’t be an onion by starting to study the night before the exam at 11:59 p.m.!  You need to start today! You can NOT use your notes during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.
  2. As you read the notes, do use the figures in the text (an online resources) as references. The figures/pictures really help you visualize what you’re studying!
  3. Review the chapters in the text.  Note that I will NOT ask you anything that is only in the text, but not in your notes! You can NOT use your text during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.
What Should You Bring or NOT Bring?

You should bring …

  • Yourself!  (refreshed, relaxed, invigorated, empowered by the Spirit)
  • A pen (and pencil if you wish, for the diagrams).

You should NOT bring …

  • Your text or notes (sorry, this exam is not open book!)
  • Your cousin (a geography graduate student at Cambridge)
  • A calculator (any math will be VERY simple)
  • A cell phone, iphone, tablet, netbook, desktop, or other electronic device
  • Any crib notes, cheat sheets, or other “aids”

You’ll do fine!  That’s about it!  Study hard!  I know there is lots to know and lots to memorize (the plague of introductory science courses!), but go at it!

Try to remember that this is God’s creation we are studying (it’s one of the symptoms of the Fall that studying divine artistry seems like drudgery!).   As you study the Earth-Atmosphere system, you are studying God’s handiwork!  You are doing theology (learning about God)!  Hard though it is, try to keep that perspective going …

God bless,