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How Reviewing Can Help with Memory

For starters, you should have spent 10 minutes reviewing the information at the end of the class. Then, later the same day, you should have reviewed the information again. It is frequently a good idea to hold this review just prior to going to sleep. A good night's sleep following a review tends to "cement" the information in your memory.

You should then have proceeded to review some of the material each day, even if only for 20 minutes a day. The goal is to keep the information fresh in your mind. You must allocate a specific period of time during which you will review small amounts of the information. The important thing is to make these reviews systematically, over a period of time leading up to the day on which you are to take the exam.

If you take the three-week vacation, you must allocate appropriate time each day for review purposes. Again, this should involve small doses for short periods of time. When you return from vacation, you should hold a final review with yourself. This will improve your chances of passing the exam.

Continual review is important whenever you have learned something new in a relatively short period of time, especially if you are required to take an exam covering this material.