Hours of Operation Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm, Fall/Spring semesters & Winter term Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30pm, Summer term
Final Review Before an Exam
Take notes on test material if you haven't already. (Consider flash cards.) Use your underlining as a guide and be very selective.
Recite from your lecture notes and text notes.
Make summary sheets of the most important material and any important unlearned material (or separate cards into piles of cards "to learn" and "learned").
Recite from your summary sheets (or cards "to learn").
Make "summary of summary" sheets of any material still unlearned (or continue to separate flash cards).
Recite from these.
Make "summary of summary of summary" sheets (or separate flash cards further).
2. Memorize lists.
To memorize lists on your summary sheets, use mnemonic acronyms e.g. VISTA - Volunteers in Service to America), and mnemonic sentences (Every Good Boy Deserves Favor = E G B D F -- the lines on the Treble Staff in music).
(Hormones of the anterior pituitary gland are growth hormone, ACTH, thyroid stimulating hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, leuteinizing hormone, prolactin. (G A T F L P OR G A T F U P) ACRONYM = FAT PUG (sentence = People always forget to grow up.)
3. Perhaps meet with other students.
Find one, two or three well-prepared students.
Have an organized agenda to compare perceptions of the main points and possible essay questions.
Don't get bogged down on minor points.
Don't take someone else's word on a point you're not sure about--look it up later.
4. Pay special attention to:
Material from the early part of the course.
Concepts and principles.
5. Anticipate test questions for essay tests.
Prepare main point outlines for anticipated questions (or even write out essays).
Include a couple of specific details.
Write out possible questions.
Don't expect to be able to anticipate all the questions.
6. Get a decent amount of sleep.
7. Eat something (fruit, cereal, sandwich, granola bar) before the test.