Any preparation is aimed first of all at the revision of the material you’ve already learned and its organizing in the logical way. Imagine a big cellar full of any possible stuff which is piled everywhere around. In the majority of cases, after a series of lectures a student’s head looks alike: notions, numbers, and events are scattered all over here and there, while the connections between these pieces of information are lost or tangled. When preparing for the test, you are to introduce proper order in your head, find some small shelf for each idea or theorem, gather spilled beads in a nice necklace. How to succeed with such a task in one hour?
- Keep in mind the main idea of the preparation. Don’t waste time on learning things you haven’t learned earlier, you’ll fail both with learning and with revision. Still, there are much more material you already know which has to be organized in a proper way. It’s high time to do it!
- Instead of reading books, look through the notes you’ve taken during classes: they present the same material in a condensed form plus the ideas your teacher is eager to hear. If you feel that your notes are too poor, make copy of the ones of your friend.
- If you have some extra 15 minutes, make cheat sheets for the information you find extremely difficult to memorize: numbers, names, etc. When writing, you make your memory work more efficiently, so that you’ll for sure recollect the necessary information later.
- Tables and schemes are always easier to memorize than a page full of lines. Transform your information in the guide-book with all the vital destinations underlined and set off in other print, and you’ll get much more use of it during the test. Be creative, choose the method which helps you better than the others!