Oh ok. I still don’t know how in depth do I have to study.
So in NASA’s website, https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/eart ... mation_otp
, the part of formation of the moon is only a paragraph long. But in Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_Moon
, it is much more in depth. Does this mean that NASA website only provide basic information and I have to go to sites like Wikipedia to find more information? Or just learning the information on NASA is enough? Since the event is sponsored by NASA?
What’s the best way to study for this? What should I do if I find information on what I want? Is just reading over it is enough? Right now I spend way too much time copy and pasting and formatting the information I find on website to google docs. I think I may be wasting my time doing that.
What’s the format of the test? Is it mutiple choice or short answer or matching?
Also, how do I make the cheatsheet? I know how to make one but what kind of information should I put there?
The general, but unsatisfactory answer is that you should try and go as in-depth as you can on every topic (the rules are more of a base to build off of). Specifically, the NASA article you linked doesn't have nearly enough information for Science Olympiad and I would recommend doing a studying a lot past that. NASA has a ton of other websites that have an incredible amount of information about the Solar System, so I think you just need to look in the right places on NASA websites. Furthermore, even though the event is sponsored by NASA, it will still cover information not found on NASA websites specifically. Wikipedia is a good resource and I think you should read through it (skipping any weird math stuff), but it often covers a lot of esoteric facts/numbers, while the Solar System event tries to focus on observations, patterns, and concepts.
There's a lot of information in this thread about how to study for Solar System (syo_astro had a good post) and I recommend looking through that for starters. You can become extremely good at Solar System using only online resources, and for the vast majority of competitors, trying to find a textbook to study from won't be very useful. I personally used Word when making my Solar System notes and I'd recommend doing so; it's significantly more powerful than Google docs. In general, you should put as much information on the cheatsheet as possible, but in a way that's easy for you to understand and navigate. I personally find that putting random facts/esoteric stuff that I'd have trouble memorizing on my notes is most useful, but you should do what works best for you (which is something you find out through working on the event and taking tests).
Tests can be in any format, but most of them are usually a mix of multiple choice and short answer (a couple of words or sentences at most). The best way to get more familiar with them is to just take as many tests as you can. In case you are interested, here's the test
that dkarkada and I wrote for the University of Texas Invitational and the key
. You can also get more practice by looking at the scioly.org Test Exchange and the Question Marathon for Solar System.
AwersomeUser wrote:Sorry I know this is a lot of questions.
No worries dude, everyone starts somewhere! I think Solar System can be a bit of a daunting event when you first start out with it, but it really is a beautiful subject that I've come to love immensely. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!