Everyone is different, different methods work for different people the following are
only suggestions on improving upon your current studying techniques.
It is best to review the material right after class when it's still fresh in your
Make sure that you write down everything that is asked of you and more. The more details
and facts that you write down, the higher your grade is going to be.
Budget your time, don't spend the entire test time on one essay.
Don't try to do all your studying the night before the test, instead space out your
studying, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic
at a time.
Have all of your study material in front of you: lecture notes, course textbooks,
study guides and any other relevant material.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to study with good lighting and little distractions
(try avoiding your own bed; it is very tempting to just lie down and take a nap).
Start out by studying the most important information.
Learn the general concepts first; don't worry about learning the details until you
have learned the main ideas.
Take notes and write down a summary of the important ideas as you read through your
Take short breaks frequently, you memory retains the information that you study at
the beginning and the end better than what you study in the middle.
Space out your studying, you'll learn more by studying a little every day instead
of waiting to cram at the last minute. By studying everyday, the material will stay
in your long-term memory but if you try to study at the last moment, the material
will only reside in your short-term memory that you'll easily forget.
Make sure that you understand the material well, don't just read through the material
and try to memorize everything.
If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the
Test yourself or have someone test you on the material to find out what your weak
and strong areas are. You can use the review questions at the end of each chapter
or practice tests the teacher may give out as well as other materials.
Listening to relaxing music such as classical or jazz on a low volume can relieve
some of the boredom of studying.
Don't study later than the time you usually go to sleep, you may fall asleep or be
tempted to go to sleep, instead try studying in the afternoon or early evening. If
you are a morning person try studying in the morning.