eox wrote:how would you guys suggest studying for the rock and mineral ID portion of the test?
Tuftedtitmouse12 is right, it will be really helpful if you get your own box(es) of specimens. I would also suggest going to the Scioly rocks ID discussion and going through that several times.
The most important thing (I think) is to use pneumonic devices on the rocks. When I just started learning them, I took a rock, found something unique about it, and then made a stupid name of it. The stupider the better, because you can remember it better. For instances, with Aragonite, I found that in most samples it was very milky white. Therefore:
Aragorn==>was in LOTR and got the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Men_of_Dunharrow on his side
Dead Men of Dunharrow==>have the same skin coloration as==>Aragonite
Stupid, I know. But I can always recognize Aragonite because of that order.
I made sequences like that with almost every rock and mineral on the list (except for the really obvious ones), in a relatively short time.