worry. Here's some tips on how to prepare for test day.
Throughout the semester, take good notes in class. Don't try to write down
every word your professor says. Instead, concentrate on the information that
your professor emphasizes. Pay attention to clues: Does the professor take
care to repeat certain information? Does he make a point of saying, some
things especially loudly and slowly? Does he write certain terms on the
board? Does he say things like "You will need to know this" or "This is very
important"? Do not ignore these clues; make special note of them.
close attention when your professor gives you specific information about an
upcoming exam. Often, professors will knowingly or unknowingly drop
important clues. Don't be shy about asking questions about the content or
format of the exam. If your professor doesn't want to divulge certain
information, he won't. There's no harm in asking though.
3. Try to
anticipate the exam questions and share your predictions with classmates, so
that you can benefit from each other's insights. Often, if you have paid
attention during class, you will have an excellent idea of what the exam
will cover. Trust your instincts. While you study, concentrate on the
material that you expect the exam to emphasize. Touch on everything, because
your predictions might be wrong. More often though, you'll be surprised by
how accurate they are.
over the information in your lecture notes, the assigned readings, and any
other course materials. It's best if you make your studying active; don
not just read your notes until your eyes glaze over, your mind numbs, and
you fall asleep. For example, sit at the computer and type an organized
outline of the course material. This active process forces you to analyze
and understand your notes, instead of just skimming them. (Also, you end up
with some good study notes.) Other active study techniques include talking
(explain the course's most important concepts to a friend) and writing
(practice writing essays about topics that will probably be on the exam).
try to cram. Allow yourself plenty of time to study. You will be more
relaxed and the information will sink in more thoroughly. Cramming usually
leads to exam-day panic.
help with essay exams, check out the handouts KEY WORDS ON ESSAY EXAMS and
ESSAY EXAMS: TEST DAY.