Preparation for your first test begins on the first day of class. This includes paying attention during lecture, taking good notes, studying, completing homework assignments, and reviewing study materials on a regular basis.
Tips for keeping up with class content
Keep up with reading assignments throughout the course so that there will be no need to cram.
Set aside 15-30 minutes for each subject every week to review each subject. If we do not review and revisit material, it leaves our memory very quickly. In the first 24 hours alone we forget about 30% of what we learned. We can see the effects of this in the Curve of Forgetting.
Review class notes, homework, and reading assignments so that by the time exams come along, material from early in the semester will not be stone cold.
To avoid completely re-reading the text, prepare it for review by judiciously underlining key words and phrases, then outlining the underlined material.
Do not be afraid to ask questions about material you do not understand. You need to really understand before you will remember.