You should never ask a professor what’s on the test (or other students either). More likely than not, you’ll get the answer of “everything” or “this this this this and this…and this too…and just in case you should study that too…” (essentially everything). It seems silly to be tested on “everything” but hey, if they mentioned it in class and it’s in the lecture notes, then it has to be important, right? YOU BETCHA!
Because I need some motivation for my own studying, here are a ton of tips I have for doing your best (and if it doesn’t work for your upcoming exam, I sure hope you’ll give it a try for the next exam!).
It’s hard to memorize, but if that is really the key to your success in a class that requires it (like anatomy and physiology), then you better download that flashcard app on your phone and every single resource you have at your disposal to get it in your brain! When it comes to understanding concepts, just think of yourself like one giant uni-cellular organism and then work from there (and yes this applies to anything). Repetition is the only way to drill it in your brain, but if you don’t like doing it alone just ask a friend or family member to quiz you.
Midterm week is exciting and annoying. Excitement comes from attaining all of the knowledge possible in your brain in the smallest amount of time possible and somehow doing well on the test (and when that attempt fails, you know you better start studying earlier). The annoying part is just getting through all of the material by yourself. I highly recommend if you have a friend in your class that you study with them the week before your test. Quiz each other, make up test questions and go through slides together and talk about the content/share notes that were taken while in class (or online).
If you aren’t a fan of reading, then I hope you’re the person who attends lecture every single day and asks a million questions. If you aren’t a fan of attending lecture, then I hope you’re the person who takes aggressive notes and outlines everything in the book until you know it from cover to cover! There are a ton of ways for us to learn material, but you have to use trial and error and get a feel for what suits you the most. Every professor has their own style with creating exams so if you can get past exams from upperclassmen who took the same professor, you’ll be super happy!
As always, put a good faith effort and do the most humanly best you can. If you can’t give 100%, then that means you’re not pushing yourself hard enough (or you have some serious issues that affect you doing well in school that is not learning related, in which case please visit the Counseling Center!). No one wants to learn when they have problems with other things! You know yourself the best and you also know how to take care of yourself (I hope).
Eat well and relax. Breathe in and out. You will do great this semester.