by Alexandra Khozin
The first step is to find what best helps you to memorize the information. Whether its writing things down, saying things out loud, drawing pictures and diagrams, or simply reading the material over, DO IT.
Give yourself at least one week to start looking over the material. This will allow you to ask any questions you may have ahead of time. This way, you are not left with a page of unanswered questions for your professor the night before the midterm/final that will of course not be able to get answered.
Use all the resources you are given! Professors almost always give practise problems which are usually a very good reflection of how he or she likes to ask questions. There are also office hours, discussion boards, SLGs, and more. These are all resources that are meant to help you, so might as well use them!
Make sure you understand the information you are trying to memorize. It will stick much better than if you are just trying to memorize a series of facts that make no sense to you. This will help you save time and help you answer any tricky questions on the test!
Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and make sure you are eating well and staying hydrated. All the hard work and studying won’t pay off if you are running on two hours of sleep and have four coffees in your system. Try not to let your stress get the best of you because.. YOU GOT THIS.