- First find and put into one pile all the
material you will be tested on (e.g. lecture notes, charts, questions/answers,
books, articles, handouts, study guides, etc.)
- Keep asking questions and searching until you
know for certain that you have all the material in front of you.
- Find out what type of test is to be
given. Usually more detail has to be
learned for objective tests. Essay tests
usually require you to think with ideas you have been given in class.
- Make cognitive maps to see the topics and
main ideas. Also, to see the topics and
their major supports.
- Make flash cards on technical terms and main
ideas you need to know. Main ideas,
terms, and topics are often called by other names such as:
Law, Theory, or
Names of Important
Exceptions to Rules
Opinions held by
- NOTE: When looking for supporting details,
locate information that explains who, what, where, when, why, and how of the
topic. Put this material on flash cards
- Make your own test. Predict exam questions that you think will be
on the test. Take the role of the
instructor – what would you test on if you were that person?
- Develop memory cue devices to help you
remember lists of dates, names, etc.
- Attend any exam reviews that tutor or the