Two strategies have been proven in multiple studies to be effective for exam preparation.
1. Practice testing
2. Spaced studying
What Does Not Work
1. Highlighting text
2. Re-reading lecture notes and PowerPoints
On its own, rereading lecture notes and class PowerPoints for exam preparation is not an effective study strategy. Reviewing your work by reading is only one part of your exam preparation. The reason for this is that reading alone can often be a passive activity. To do well in exams, you would do better to be an active participant and make meaning with the course material. The following strategies for remembering are all active strategies.