Get to know the test

  • How long is the exam? What kind of questions will be on the exam (e.g. multiple choice, essay, short answer, problem-solving)?
  • Which information should you focus on reviewing? Prioritize your time accordingly.
  • Talk with the instructor during office hours if you have questions.

Review course materials

  • Study and practice questions from your course materials. Many people are surprised how quickly material is forgotten.
  • Spend the majority of your review time on the material that is least familiar and briefly review the most familiar material.
  • Review old quizzes, exams, handouts, notes, and papers for information you may have forgotten. If your instructor does not return old tests, ask if you can schedule a time to look at yours so you can analyze the mistakes you made.
  • Put key concepts onto a document that can be quickly reviewed when you have small bits of time, like standing in lines or waiting at the bus stop.

Attend tutoring and review sessions

  • Schedule time with a tutor and participate in a study group.
  • Attend the class right before the test. It is a prime time for the instructor to discuss the test.
  • Attend review sessions and pay attention to hints that the instructor may give about the test.