To make every study session as productive as possible, you should try to ensure that you have all of the materials that you may need on hand. Gather the following materials before you begin reviewing for an upcoming test:
- Textbooks: Your textbook, in addition to your notes, is an important source of information. It will provide detailed explanations of the concepts that you covered in class, and will probably contain practice questions that will help you assess your knowledge.
- Notes: Detailed and well-organized notes are perhaps the most important study material of all. They will help you review key concepts and anticipate some of the questions that you might be asked on upcoming tests.
- Handouts: If your instructor gave handouts during the term, you should definitely have these on hand. They will likely contain key information, and should be reviewed thoroughly.
- Assignments: Completed assignments are another important study tool that can help you identify key concepts that you may be asked about on future tests and examinations.
- Tests: Tests from former students who completed the course you are currently enrolled in can help you anticipate the types of questions the instructor may ask, find out more about the instructor’s grading process, and assess your own knowledge. Tests that you took should also be kept and reviewed before final exams.
- A pen or pencil: Make sure to have something that you can write with in case you need to make notes in your textbook or class notes, or you want to complete some practice questions.
- Scrap paper: If you’re studying for a test that will contain math questions, have some scrap paper on hand to complete some sample questions. Just reading over these types of questions is usually not enough.
- Calculators and other tools: Try to gather any of the other tools that you may need during your study session, including calculators, rulers, protractors, charts, or tables.