Prepare for Exams Continuously Throughout the Semester

The most effective strategy for preparing for exams is distributive review throughout the semester.

Use the strategies for Getting the Most Time Out of Class to develop a strong understanding of the material. By actively reviewing new material throughout the semester, you will store it in your long-term memory, which will give you a strong base from which to begin your final preparation for the exam.

  • Each week, actively review new material in short study sessions. After you are confident that you understand the new material, set it aside and go on to something else.
  • The next day, test yourself to see how much you remember. If you are not comfortable with your recall of the material, actively review it again.
  • The following day, come back and test yourself. As you learn the material, gradually increase the time between study sessions.