Test Preparation Tips Create a study plan Create a study plan that spreads out your studying. Start early to eliminate the need for cramming. Make flash cards and/or review sheets Take the most important information and use it to make your own flash cards and review sheets. Highlight key words and important phrases. Explain it to a mirror You really know something if you can explain it in your own words. Stand in front of a mirror and “teach yourself”what you need to know. Adjust your studying for the test u True/false and multiple choice tests – Make sure you know facts and detailed information. u Essay tests – Review main ideas and key facts. u Open book tests – Put self-stick notes in your textbook to help you find information quickly. Review often When you review, you move information from your short-term memory into your long-term memory. Review is the key to learning anything.