One Reader Writes: "I know it's not the ideal way to study, but I've found myself in a situation where I really need some last-minute study tips. Do you have any suggestions for how to get the most out of a cram session right before a big exam?"
We all know that having good study habits is the best way to prepare for tests, but I'm sure that most of us will fess up to cramming for a psychology exam on occasion. While it's definitely not the best way to study and you certainly shouldn't make a habit of it, there are some things you can do to get the most out of those last-minute study sessions.
Start by creating a quick outline of the material you need to study. Prioritize your study efforts. Focus on the material you are least familiar with first, and then quickly skim through the stuff that you already know fairly well.
Some other ideas that may help:
- Try using chunking to make information easier to learn and remember. Try to organize information into between five or nine different categories to make sure it stick in your short-term memory. Learn more about how to cram by chunking information in this article from About.com's Grace Fleming.
- Review your psychology class notes. If you've taken good notes, they should be a pretty good reflection of the material that your professor will include on the exam.
- Explain the material in your own words. Just reading the material can help, but actually explaining different concepts in your words is one of the best ways to learn and retain information. Enlist a roommate or classmate to help, or just do this activity by yourself if you're really short on time.
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