Use syllabi to make a list of key concepts you must know for the test.
Hide all notes and books and test your understanding on each key concept.
How well can you: summarize main ideas, do sample problems, recall facts from memory, apply concepts in a new way?
How did you do? Rate your skill and understanding on each bit of content from your list using this simple scale:
3 = I know this well
2 = I know this some
1 = don’t know this at all
Make a study guide, merging main ideas from class notes and readings.
Choose study tasks to practice the content you rated with a 1 or 2, including:
Once you’ve selected study tasks for concepts rated 1 and 2, estimate how much time you will need to complete them.
Look over your calendar and identify available time-blocks for above.
Lay out plan on a calendar, noting exactly what you will be doing and for how long. Example:
Save time in your calendar for Self-Testing.
When you’ve completed your Study Plan, it’s time to test yourself again.
Hide all materials and test your understanding on concepts you rated 1 and 2 the same way you did in Step 1.
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