Kiosk Guides for Learning

He who opens a school door,
closes a prison
Victor Hugo, 1802 – 1885
French author

Testing with success series

General test preparation

To do well on tests you must first learn the material,
and then review it before the test.

These are techniques to better understand your material:


  • Take good notes in your class lectures and textbooks
    See the Guides on Taking notes in Lectures
    (and Taking notes from a textbook!)
  • Review your notes soon after class/lecture
  • Review notes briefly before the next class
  • Schedule some time at the end of the week for a longer review


  • Take good notes
    about as your teacher tells you what will be on the test
  • Organize your notes, texts, and assignments
    according to what will be on the test
  • Estimate the hours you'll need to review materials
  • Draw up a schedule
    that blocks units of time and material
  • Test yourself on the material!
    "Retrieval practice" is a more effective way of learning than simply rereading or reviewing information. When you retrieve information, you think about it more deeply and organize it in your mind.
    These stronger memories are more likely to be retained over time.
  • Finish your studying the day before the exam

Successful test preparation

Mastering one test | General test preparation | Anticipating test content |
Review tools for tests | Overcoming test anxiety | Organizing for test taking | Cramming | Emergency test preparation