1. Study your old tests - Much of the information on the exams is covered on your old tests. Questions may not be exactly the same, so avoid memorizing specific answers. Rather, review the questions and answers as a way of remembering concepts. Many of the multiple choice questions will be similar to those on previous tests. All students should have corrected versions of their tests that contain the correct answers to study from! If not, see me or someone else who does to get those answers!
2. Correct your old tests - Questions missed on previous tests are clues about topics that you may need help on. Correcting those questions is most important so that they are not missed again. Think about each question and why you selected the incorrect answer, and try to understand why a different answer is correct.
3. Study your Chapter Reviews - Before each test, students were given a chapter review assignment. These reviews are vital preparation for tests because they provide practice of problems and concepts that appear on the test. All students are provided answers and expected to correct their own, so answers on the review should be complete and correct.
4. Complete the Exam Review - Each student will be given a separate Exam Review to be completed, checked, and turned in the day of the exam. This review will provide additional practice problems dealing with topics covered on the exam.
5. Study Exam Objectives - Objectives are traditionally handed out before all tests and exams that list topics covered on that particular test or exam. Thorough students will take time to write out those objectives as a form of study and review.
6. Be at your physical best! Research has shown that students who are physically prepared for tests achieve higher performance on tests or exams. A good night's sleep and nutritious breakfast can help students to have improved mental focus and concentration. Drinking plenty of water and being well hydrated is also advised, as energy drinks or other sugary beverages can often leave students more jittery or provide only temporary energy that leads to a physical (and mental) crash. Wear comfortable clothes (but not too comfortable that you just want to sleep) and get rid of any distractions you can.
These tips will hopefully help students prepare and perform better on their exams! Good luck! Study, study, study!