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Final Review Before an Exam

1. Review

  • 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.
  • Confusing material.
  • 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.

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