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
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.
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).
Don't expect to be able to anticipate all the questions.
Include a couple of specific details.
Write out possible questions.
6. Get a decent amount of sleep.
7. Eat something (fruit, cereal, sandwich, granola bar) before
Back to Academic Success Page