Preparing for Tests
Set a realistic study schedule and begin studying
... Short study sessions spread out over time are more efficient and
effective than a single period of condensed study. Also, begin your
study sessions with a quick review of the material you've previously
studied, so that this previous material stays fresh even though you
studied it in detail weeks before the test. If you learn a little each day
and allow plenty of time for repeated reviews, you will enhance your
long-term memory. Avoid the temptation to cram for tests; your short-
term memory hasn't enough space for all that you need to know.
Identify what concepts are most important
... Set priorities and study the most important concepts first.
Try to identify the content of the questions you will be asked
... Anticipate test questions. Ask yourself: "If I were making up this test,
I would probably ask.
..", and then answer these questions. Also, time
permitting, try writing some multiple-choice test questions.
Do not simply memorize facts
... You will have to go beyond straight memorization. Concentrate on
understanding the material taught; compare it, contrast it, and interpret
its meaning. Focus on understanding the ideas and concepts in the
course which knit the facts and details together. You must be more than
familiar with the material; you must be able to write it down, talk about
it, analyse it, and apply it. If there are graphs, tables, or figures on the
test you will be asked to interpret data.
... For each major concept, integrate information from your lecture
notes, the lecture presentations, text in the printed guide, and required
readings onto a summary sheet by diagramming, charting, outlining,
categorizing in tables, or writing paragraph summaries of the
information. Your studying should also focus on defining, explaining,
and applying terms.
Study with other well-prepared
... These study sessions will give you the opportunity to ask questions
and further your understanding of the course material.