“Many students think that preparing for a test means memorizing information the night before or rereading the information until their brain convinces them, “I got it!” when that’s just wishful thinking. Test preparation workshops provided by learning centers usually emphasize the following strategies”:
- Use effective learning strategies from day one (in this case right now).
- Determine exactly what the test will cover, and practice teaching that information to an audience — either real or imaginary — until you can do it flawlessly.
- Determine what types of questions will be asked. Prepare for the test based on the type of questions that will be asked.
- Organize information by preparing charts, outlines, or study guides.
- Schedule specific time for test preparation on your weekly calendar (throughout the week).
- Chunk material and master that material. (Test yourself over it; teach it back to yourself.)
Peer tutors and the Office of Teaching & Learning can help you strategize for final exams.
McGuire, S.Y. (2015). Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation. Stylus: Sterling, Va.