Do you have a test coming up soon? If your professor doesn’t give a study guide or go over exactly what will be on the test, go to office hours.
First, read the syllabus! Find out what you already know about the test, then formulate questions that will clarify your knowledge.
Ask for advice. “If I study chapters 3 and 4 plus the notes from class, will that cover what is on the test?” “Will information from our guest speaker be covered?”
Don’t just ask what will be on the test, although that may get you some information. Show that you are a better student, and go in with a tentative study plan that you and the professor can review and revise. You’ll have a head start on a format for your studying, and will not only impress your professor, but can make notes on it as you speak. Your professor will see that you plan ahead, critically think about the class, and want to do well.
You can ask the format of the test. What kinds of questions will there be? Multiple choice? True-false? Essay? Matching? Short Answer? Ask for the professor’s ideas on what is expected from the essay or short answer. Are the matching questions one-for-one matches, or could there be some duplicate answers, or some not used at all?
Student Success Strategy #32: Use office hours to prepare for tests.