- Study in your classroom. Studying in the same environment as your exam really helps you remember information. You could use the white boards to draw diagrams and write information. Of course, what you write on there will be erased by the time you take your exam. But imagining that your writings are on the board during your test will help you recall information a lot easier.
- Study in a slightly noisy environment. This is why I like studying in cafes. When you take your test, there's a chance that other students will make some noise--coughing, sneezing, pencil-scratching, etc. By studying in a slightly distracting place, you can practice tuning out noises. Now this doesn't mean it's okay to study in front of a TV or in front of your computer when your AIM is on. It's best to find a place with a little noise, but not so much that it detracts from working productively.
- Study with a timer. This is especially helpful for people who have anxiety during exams. The reason why this works is because it adds the same pressure you feel during your test. If you get used to time pressure during studying, you'll get used to it when the test day comes. This is also good for practicing for an in class essay.
- Take small breaks while studying. You've probably heard this before, but this is really important. Our brains don't have the capacity to remember so much information in one given amount of time. By taking breaks, our brains have more time to absorb the information. But don't take a long break; 10 minutes max is good enough. Take that time to eat a healthy snack or to take a short walk. Avoid using your break time to online shop, talk online, or watch TV because doing so will most likely stretch that 10 minute break to an hour!
- One cup of coffee or caffeinated tea is good enough before the test. Studies have shown that a moderate amount of caffeine can possibly improve one's performance. But taking too much might lead to disaster. Taking 3 cans of Red Bull before your test might lead to extreme jitteriness and the inability to concentrate.
- Find some time to relax before your exam. This is great for those who have anxiety. Find a place where you can be alone 20 minutes before a test (like a bathroom stall or your dorm room). Breathe, and concentrate only on your breathing. And remember to relax all your muscles.
Disclaimer: These have worked for me. But because we all learn differently, these might not work for everyone.