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Mastering Tests: Draft a Study Plan

Creating a realistic and effective plan to prepare for a test includes key steps:

Start Early

Survey the Available Time

Set Priorities

Choose a Study Style

Break down your studies in one of two ways: Study the most critical material first or Study the material in the chronological sequence that you learned it.

It can be helpful to memorize in the following two instances.  First, commit to memory information that comes up all of the time (formulas, equations, common ways of solving problems, etc.) so that there is no chance that time will be wasted on repetitive tasks.  Second, organize material that you need to recall on a test into lists that can be mentally accessed via acronyms, etc.

Stick to Your Plan

Here are some techniques to make certain your thoughtful planning stays on track.