Before you know it, you have a
test or quiz approaching, so you assemble your nifty notes and
start restudying them like mad. You have to set apart a large
chunk of time out of your schedule to review this old
information so that you will be fresh for your test. There is a
Now, let's pretend that
you decided to get one day ahead. After your first class period
(and I know this is hard to do because during the first week
there's so much fun to be found and so little work to do), you
have a heart-to-heart with yourself and decide that you are
going to get one day ahead.
If today's Monday, and next
class is Wednesday, you set aside some time on Monday afternoon
or anytime on Tuesday and read the first chapter. You may even
decide to take your own notes, highlight, or even make
flashcards for definitions (more on flashcards
So when you walk into class on
Wednesday and your teacher starts talking, you have at least
some idea what they are talking about. You don't have to copy
down definitions you've already read off sloppy overheads
because you know they are in the book -- you remember reading
them. Instead of frantically trying to copy notes like your
poor, confused classmates, you can relax a little and really
listen to what the professor is saying.
Lecture becomes your own review
session, and then you are that much ahead when test time comes.
If the professor starts talking about something that you don't
remember make certain to take good notes. The topic is either
not covered in the book (so you can guarantee the professor
will put it on a test), or it's something that you didn't quite
absorb the first time you read it.
If you can do this for
each of your classes at the very beginning of school, you will
be in pristine shape. Once you get one day ahead, you can work
at the same pace as everyone else, but always be a day ahead.
Lectures will not be “note cramming sessions”; they’ll be