The rule of thumb is to start preparing for the exam right from the beginning of your course. The following 3 tips will help you make the most of your course while getting ready for the exam, irrespective of which exam you plan to take at the end.
Pay full attention to each lecture or class
Take notes of everything mentioned. Quite often you may not be able to completely get what has been said during the lecture and if it happens do one or more of the following:
(a) Ask the lecturer/ teacher to explain it again
(b) Catch them afterwards to ask about it, and
(c) Consult the textbooks recommended by your school to clarify the point.
I would always do the ‘c’ anyway after each lecture/ class to make sure whatever I have written down is correct.
Go Through Syllabus, if Provided
Familiarise yourself with the entire syllabus without skipping bits. You MUST have studied each topic at least once prior to the exam; if you have not studied it, you won’t know it!
Regularly Check Your Progress
It is good idea to go back, from time to time, to what you have already studied and make sure you still remember it. For example, if it is a maths course, solve a couple of random problems from the topic you are looking at.
We hope these tips will help you avoid panic at the end of a course!