1 Rule : Do not, I repeat, DO NOT push it up to the last minute. Something we know when it is too late but we keep on doing.
Problem is you’ll end up doing it in the fucking morning of the test and 9 out of 10 times not even then. And if you have to get up as early as I do (5:30) it will kill you. I once had a full week of presentations, tests and pop quizzes. Believe me when I say that on the Friday I came home around an hour later I went to bed and slept until 12 the next day.
I for instance have about 8-9 days left to study 8 topics meaning I can do 2 per day. Which is ok, if I had started earlier I could have been done and could have started with the rest of the topics I have to know for the finals. Well….I didn’t. So START EARLY.
2 Rule : search for all of your notes and organize them. If you were smart enough to write down your notes and keep them together. Your one lucky winner, if you are like me you have about right now a problem. So if you started early enough ask a classmate if you can borrow his/her notes, here you have a chance to copy missing entries and maybe put them in a right order.(Always borrow then notes from someone who has literally everything together!!!) Organization is the key because you are mostly able to link certain topics such are then easier to remember. Plus everything is nice and neat.
3 Rule: Find YOUR learning technique. Not everyone learns the same way and not every learning techniques will fit for you. Some find it easier to hear it a couple of times, some have to write it once. I have to do it the hard way when I have to learn something by heart. I have to write it down, read it out loud, cover it up say it again, look if it is right, cover it up again write it down….. You see learning things by heart are a pain in the ass for me. What also works is walk around and read it out loud, put it away keep walking and say it again. Some people work with mind maps. When I don’t have to learn something aboutby heart I usually read it 2-3 times say it out loud and during the test if I can’t remember something I just fill it with logic. Problem this year, logic doesn’t always apply. If had tests handed back where it was pretty much a fuck logic scenario and those were transfer promlems. So yeah…
So these are my first rules and tips more will follow soon.