1. Revise your syllabus (if you have one)Most syllabi contain the most important concepts to be covered in the class.
This way, you can pick out your areas of concentration relative to the amount to material covered by your teacher. This allows you to focus on topics that are most likely to appear on the test. In the absence of a syllabus, review the major heading of your class notes. These would most likely correspond to headings on your textbook.2. Study Previous TestsThis gives you the knowledge of whatever format of testing your teacher is partial to. It could be multiple choice (also known as objectives), short answer, essay format, or a combination. If you can get your hands on previous tests, then do so.
It could also let you know if your teacher likes to test on a particular topic, or spread the test across several topics put together. Knowing the format of the coming exam definitely does not guarantee a pass, but it is definitely helpful.3. Study with a partner, or a groupWhile many people study well alone, I find that it is more effective to study with a partner or a study group. This allows you the opportunity to share your struggles with another person.
If you don’t understand a topic, he/she can explain it to you, and vice versa. It definitely helps when you can explain a topic to your study partner because that shows your understanding of said topic; after all, you can not teach what you do not know. Take notes while you study and compare them with those of your study partner. 4. Get Lots of SleepSome people believe in spending the night cramming for a test or an exam they have the previous day. Unless you’re a night owl, it is actually very bad for you. Your brain has something called a circadian rhythm. This rhythm sets your sleep/wake cycle.
Thus, if you disturb it, your brain goes out of sorts for a while. Studying late into the night and interrupting your sleep pattern is counterproductive if you want to retain what you have studied. Go ahead and sleep through the night, and feel free to take power naps during the day before the test. If you are a night-oriented individual, then the same rules apply in reverse.
A rule of thumb goes as follows: if you’ve read the same sentence or paragraph more that twice without it sticking in your head, then you need a break.