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So here you are a few days before the big exam and you haven't studied at all for it. Although cramming is not a recommended study habit it may become necessary from time to time. If you find yourself in this situation there are a few things that you can do to prepare and be successful on you exam.

First, if your professor holds a review the day before the exam make sure that you attend the review. Review sessions like this are a student's dream come true. A lot of the time these reviews are held after the professor has created the exam so your professor is likely to reveal the key topics that you need to study for the exam.

Second, hopefully you have been attending class and have taken good notes. If you haven't see if you can get copies of the notes from a friend or classmate. At this point you more than likely do not have time to go through your textbook and other readings that were required so notes are going to be your best friend. Your notes are going to be the most concise and important source of studying. Most professors go over what they consider most important during their lectures. So, most of the exam questions will be created from information that your professor went over during lectures.

Next you want to consolidate your notes. Anything that you don't understand fully or will need to go over again you will want to add to a new set of notes. This way you can consolidate your notes and optimize your studying time. This will allow you to review the most difficult information as much as possible.

Go through your textbook and review the beginning and end of each chapter. Most textbooks will state the key points of the chapter in the first few paragraphs of the chapter and then review the key points at the end of the chapter. This will give you a good outline of what each chapter covered without consuming too much of your very valuable time.

Now you have some tips on how to cram for your test. Although cramming is not a recommended study method it can be very useful if you are running short on time. A review session is going to be the absolute best method of getting the information that you need for the exam. Your lecture notes will be the best record of what has been covered in class. If you can consolidate your notes you will be able to optimize your study time. These tips should prove useful in your studying.


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