5 day study plans are extremely helpful in dividing study plans into chapters
Don't be that person that crams (no all-nighters)
While studying do your best to avoid technology
Learn quickly whether you study better in groups, and learn which friends of yours you can actually be productive with.
Choose wisely on your location (bed, library, outside in a peaceful area, etc)
People and Location
The actually studying part
Take notes in class once through quickly writing or typing things as you listen
Go home and within that same week go back and use highlighters, colored pens, sticky notes to rewrite important things for repetition. (Rewriting things a second or third time will help it stick to your brain)
There can be A LOT of terminology so make flashcards, which will be beneficial by making you rewrite it and my using it as quick practice.
Make quizlets for yourself or make your own review by going through material and rewriting or typing it (again, just the act or making it is beneficial)
Don't just read your notes or skim the book, study actively and do things to practice the material.
Take breaks, if you study for very long periods of time your brain will start to shut down. (Grab a snack, check your phone, watch an episode on Netflix, etc)
Make acronyms, it will make things so much easier to remember. Using old exams tests are really helpful in testing how prepared you are.
Most importantly learn what works for you, everyone is different and has their own way of retaining information. Don't be afraid to try something new, you might like it.
Before the Test
Get a good nights rest, being brain dead will not help you.
Do an overview of the materials once through the night before to get a refresher on everything.
Leave practice exams for the night before so you can get a good representation of how you'll do
Have your Scranton already purchased!!
Be on time, some professors will lock you out.
Side note: verbally explaining to someone the material shows understanding so practice with a friend
Before the Test Pt.2
Tricks to Test taking
Take educated guesses by narrowing down your answers.
Sometimes the right answer will be the one that doesn't belong with the others.
Or the right answer will sometimes also have the most in common with the other answers.
Comeback to a question you are stuck on, sometimes another question will jog your answer.
Go with your gut, sometimes you're initial instinct is your brain recognizing the answer.
Take your time, most classes will give you well beyond the time you'll need.
1) Which of these countries was considered part of the Allies in World War II?
2) (17.925-5.32)/4.9273 =? (use appropriate amount of sig figs)
A) 2. 560
Everyone is different
Everyone studies different and everyone has different strategies
Do what works best for you.
Use resources available to you and get help if you need it.
Don't stress yourself out, doing poorly on a single test doesn't determine your worth.