When creating flashcards, try to avoid simply having a term on one side of the note card and the definition on the other side. Instead, try to come up with a question that your professor might ask on a quiz or an exam. Write the question on one side of the card and the definition on the back.
It is also important to include at least one example on the back side of your cards because professors usually ask for more than the definition. Examples show your instructor that you have the ability to apply concepts, not simply memorize them. This strategy can be useful for subjective or objective exams. By using flashcards to prepare for subjective exams, you can provide examples to back up the points in your essay; examples show the professor that you understand the material. On objective exams the professor is likely to give you an example of a term so you have to apply the concept to get the correct answer.
Mind mapping is the process of connecting a series of related ideas to a main concept. Mapping can be a very useful review technique, especially for visual learners, because it allows you to see how the material fits together. An additional benefit of creating a mind map is that it forces you to use critical thinking skills to make connections.
Note: Doing a map of course content can help you identify the most important concepts and allow you to see the ways in which they relate. It may also help you to see your weak areas and focus your studying accordingly.
You should never disregard the importance of taking good notes and keeping up with the readings in your classes. Both are imperative because your notes and readings are the basis for evaluation. To the best of your ability, you want to put yourself in your professor’s shoes by narrowing down the possible questions that might be asked on a quiz/exam. Some strategies you may want to consider include: