John R. answered 11/09/12
John R: Math, Science, and History Teacher
Here are a few general study tips that might help you. As Chris suggested, the more specific your question is, the more specific the help can be.
1. Spread out your studying over time. Don't try to prepare for the test with one large study session. If possible, spend a small amount of time (an hour or less) each day for several days. Start with the basci material and get more complicated each day.
2. If you need to study a passage of reading, begin by reading whole thing straight through (do not stop to focus on details or retention). Read the passage a second time, slowing down to highlight the most important things. Focus on getting some understanding of difficult topics on the second time through. After you are confident that you have highlighted everything that is important, copy the highlighted things to note cards (never write more than three facts on a card). Once you have copied the facts that you are going to study to notecards, you can carry them with you to study in periodic free-time, rather than carrying a book.
3. If you need to memorize (verbatum) a list, passage, etc. break into into small pieces and memorize a piece at a time. Again, it is better to do this as several small sessions (I find I memorize best in sessions of about five minutes) than to try to memorize all at once. Also, I find that the time spent walking from place to place is a good time to repeat memorized passages and lists to myself, just be sure to not memorize the information incorrectly.
I hope these study tips help you and that you do well in your upcoming test.
I suggest you post questions here as they come up. They are answered the same day, sometimes within minutes.