One should not seek to cram all test preparation into the final few hours before an exam. But sometimes such a situation is unavoidable. If you find yourself in such a situation, there are certain ways to make the most out of your late-night study session.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s only a test. If you get worked up, you’ll only cause yourself to panic. That’s a terrible frame of mind in which to try to learn. Try to remain calm and understand that one test will not decide your entire academic career.
If you understand that in the grade scheme of things, one test will not wreck your grade point average, you will be in a much better mental state in which to study. Come at it from the perspective that you would already be failing the exam, so anything better than an F could be considered a success.
Begin by trying to relax your mind and body. An unfettered mind is one much more likely to retain knowledge.
The main purpose of cramming is to obtaining as high a grade as possible with a minimal amount of effort. This should raise you in your professor’s and classmates’ esteem.
There are numerous methods for cramming. Most are derived from a system of breaking down subjects into manageable packets that can be better processed by your mind. To begin with, pick out the major points from each section of your study material. Once you’ve deciphered the key aspects, try to master those before moving on to subsequent sections.
What you are basically doing is taking out the major points of each section and focusing on those. Eschew extraneous information as much as possible. Once you’ve mastered the major concepts of a given section, you can move on.
In the end, you will have a better understanding of the material and ought to escape your test with at least a passing grade.