Towards the end of my PreCalc class today, as I was leaving the room my teacher said not to forget to study, because our midterms will be soon. WHAT!?! It’s crazy to be hearing that.. To think that the semester is almost half way over already is just incredible. What throws me off, is the fact that my first class is English, and we don’t have exams in English. (What are you going to show that you haven’t already shown during the class with your writing?) It creates this illusion that the class just started. It’s amazing to think that time is flying by at this pace.
My point of this, is yes I have been studying a bit, for the normal homework and stuff, but I haven’t been studying for the exam, because it seems like we just had one. My studying tactics are different for typical class studying, and exams, so I’ve started my “2 Minute Drill” for studying.
To start with, I go back into the text book to refresh my memory on certain items that I remember struggling with beforehand. This is great because if I find that I still have questions about the material, I’m not pressured by the clock (as much) as I would be if the exam was 3 days away. Some friends of mine say it’s a bit on the extreme side, but I feel that it’s necessary in order to pull off those good grades!
Another thing I do to study for exams, is test myself on the material. A lot of the time I will not only do the homework assigned, I will do extra homework just for the practice. It really doesn’t take that much extra time, because if you’re going to be doing homework anyway, what’s the difference of 15-20 mins? If my teacher assigns odd problems for instance, I will do ALL of the problems, just for the extra practice.
What are your methods for exam reviews? Do you cram? Do you listen to your class lectures? Just wing it? I’d love to have some more ideas that could potentially help me with my exams, so your input is appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org