Drafting a Study Plan
Key steps to create an effective study plan to help prepare for a test:
Start Early Prior to the Test
- Start preparing for tests/exams the first day of class by using the syllabus to keep track of all test dates in your calendar or planner.
- Plan study periods ahead of time to review lecture notes and textbook chapters rather than just around exam time. Reviewing for several short periods rather than one long period will help you retain information better.
- Seek tutoring in a timely fashion for those areas you find difficult and/or challenging or review with a study group.
Taking the Test
- Be sure to read the test directions carefully.
- Work on the parts you find the easiest or have the greatest point values first. Remember to pace yourself to allow time for the more difficult parts.
- Try to save time at the end of the exam to review your answers and make sure questions or parts of answers weren't left out.
Following the Test
- Look over the test and make sure that you understand your mistakes.
- If you don't understand why a certain answer was incorrect, ask for assistance from your instructor, classmates, or look it up.
- If you aren't satisfied with your grade, go to your instructor and see if there's a make-up exam or any extra credit you can do.