- MAKE A LIST OF THE MAJOR TOPICS in the course. Scan assignment sheets, lecture notes, outlines of outside readings, and quiz papers so you are sure that the list is complete.
- For each of these topics, WRITE A SUMMARY OR OUTLINE of related material with particular emphasis on relationships among them.
- GO OVER THESE MATERIALS SYSTEMATICALLY, applying your time on the subject most in need of work.
- MAKE OUT A SET OF PROBABLE QUESTIONS to review all of the material covered. Keep in mind what you know about your professor’s interests and points of importance.
- AVOID LAST MINUTE DISCUSSIONS - they tend to increase your anxiety! Many students face every exam with such an emotional reaction that they then find it impossible to demonstrate their knowledge.
- AVOID POST-EXAM DISCUSSIONS DURING EXAM WEEK - since you won’t know the results, these discussions tend to increase anxiety or give students a feeling of failure to take with him/her to the next exam.
- GET ADEQUATE REST - it is impossible to think clearly after an all night session of cramming and many students who try cramming find themselves unable to recall information which they thought they had mastered.
- RELAXATION, A LITTLE FUN, AND EARLY TO BED IS THE BEST PROGRAM FOR THE EVENING BEFORE AN EXAM.
Counseling Services, Kansas State University, 10/98, revised 11/2005