Using Notes to Study for Exams
You might try certain tactics to use your notes in preparation for essay exams:
- Review your notes regularly, not just right before the test, using a technique like the Cornell system or by explaining your notes aloud.
- Use your notes to create sample questions to study with. If you were the teacher, how would you test this material?
- Use critical thinking techniques to reflect on the material--what is your opinion of it? What additional examples or explanations can you provide? Can you connect this material to other classes, outside reading, your own experiences?
- Synthesize the information in your notes with your other assignments in the class (like what you read in the textbook that isn't covered in the lectures).