Review new info on the same day - This is the time that the human brain works best to convert short term memory into long term memory. After this, you’re working harder to re-learn stuff. Even a 5 minute review between classes saying out loud, “What I learned in the last class was …” helps!
Reduce your notes - Taking a whole lecture and reducing it to an outline of a few key words or phrases is a great way to review, and makes the job of memorizing easier.
Go to class! - This actually saves time in the long run - think about how long it takes to learn something from a textbook or manual versus having someone tell you. Plus, you’ll get all the hints instructors always drop about exams!
Index cards for new terms - a proven technique that still works! Write the term on one side of an index card, the definition on the other - test yourself both ways whenever you have a few minutes. Don’t forget to shuffle them!
Schedule your studying for exams - It’s way more likely to actually happen if you decide on the time and write it down in your schedule. Break it up into multiple sessions of about 1 to 1.5hrs, enough of them to get through the material, and save the night before an exam for one final review of all the material.
Study Partners – probably the most time-efficient studying technique because no writing is required. Works best if you pick a good partner, one who asks good questions!
Involve many senses - Don’t just read silently, when reading aloud can improve recall by up to 80%. Add in writing or drawing and recall improves even more!
Teach someone else! - This is the “gold standard” of study techniques. If you know something well enough to teach (without notes!) someone else, you’re ready for an exam.
Write your own test questions - Make up questions on the material, and then try to answer them without notes. Share them with classmates.
Create a “cheat sheet” - Imagine if you could take one sheet of notes into the exam, what would you put on it? Just preparing such a sheet works wonders for helping you recall the key info, even without being able to take it with you into the exam.
**Bonus tip: You’re not really studying unless you’re testing yourself! The biggest reason for “blanking” on exams is that the facts were never truly memorized. Cover up your notes and truly check your recall!
Day One - if you take time to review the new info you get on the same day, it’ll pay off with huge time-savings when exams come! You won’t have to start from scratch.
2-3 Weeks Before the Exam - schedule study sessions of about 1-1.5hrs, spread out, splitting up the material so that it all gets thorough coverage. How many sessions you need depends on the amount of material & how fast you can learn it to exam-readiness.
The Night Before the Exam - this is the time for one last review of all the material. This is not the time to be learning new material, just reviewing & testing yourself on what you already know.