The purpose of a test is to see how well a student has mastered (YES, MASTERED) the course material. Mastery of material begins NOT the night before the test, but the first day of class, and continues as you work through every assignment given by your instructors. Mastery of material is more than half the battle of triumphant test taking. But there are some other good strategies that can help you as well--overcoming anxiety and understanding how to address different types of questions will help you make sure you provide your instructor with the evidence that you are mastering the course material. This student skills brochure will give you some good tips for overcoming test-anxiety and making sure you provide the best answers you can on various types of test questions. Check it out!
Do you suffer from test taking anxiety? Do you study and study but then blank out when the test is in front of you? Do you get nervous and anxious before tests? Here is an article to help you deal with test anxiety and hopefully improve your grades! Reducing Test Taking Anxiety.
It is much better to plan ahead, study in small increments over an extended period of time, and review before you take a test, but when you have to cram, it is good to know how.
This is a guide to effective cramming techniques: