For some, the accomplishment of a mere A is not enough on an exam. Few strive for ultimate perfection, rather than a good score. By making an A+ on an exam, the best score possible has been achieved. This conjures the feeling of ultimate satisfaction due to your mastery of the course material. It's so simple to miss one problem, especially on an exam that may have a couple hundred questions. Five simple steps can be taken in order to assure yourself of the best possible grade in the class.
Step 1: Take Detailed Notes. In order to your best in the class, jot down a detailed notes list over what the teacher discusses in class. You don't have to do the tedious work of writing down every syllable, but simply everything uttered that sounds important. These notes will be your best study guide, as the majority of tests consist of what the teacher talks about. You will have an in depth review over the course material before the test. Also, in order to make a perfect score, review each days notes after you write them, until you've stored them into your collective memory. This will assure that you've learned all of the material that's been discussed in class, which is usually the most important material.
Step 2: Read The Text Books. It's often easy to cast texts books aside and simply study off of what the teacher discusses. Some professors I've had in the class don't even have required supplemental reading material out of the textbooks (that I've sometimes shelled out a couple hundred dollars for). Even if the teacher does not assign specific pages for you to read, be sure to read the textbook material anyway. This will help you cover almost every possible angle of material that could be on the test, because the majority of professors base their exams off of information from the class textbook. Use a highlighter or ink pen to note specific passages that sound important. This way, when you go back to study before the test, you will know exactly what to go over.
Step 3: Have Study Sessions. Study sessions are ultimately one of the most important forms of review. By gathering around with a group of classmates, you get a repeated dose of the possible questions for the test. This heavy dosage of learning material can be good, as working with others will cause you to be more prone to learning the material. Don't rely primarily on study sessions though, continue to do your own studying before and after if you wish to make a perfect grade. There is no such thing as studying too much for an exam, but far too often, we are inclined to study much less than we need to.
Step 4: Know Your Teacher/The Format of the Exam. In order to make a perfect score, you need a general idea of how the exams are set up. Inquire on the format of the test with your teacher, a student who's taken the professor before, or a past exam that you've had. The overall layout of the exam makes all of the difference. Some exams are multiple choice, some are fill in the blanks, and some are lengthy written exams. This can directly tell you which angle to go about as you practice for the A+. If the option is multiple choice, I suggest making flash cards so you can link up key words with the initial question. If the exam is fill in the blanks, I suggest the same thing, along with some extra reading of the course material and notes that you've taken. If the exam is a written one, the best option to making a perfect score is to know what the teacher looks for in a written exam. Note key elements and formats that your teacher approves of. The written exam can be one of the most difficult to make a perfect score, because it's basically up to the teachers own discretion on what your grade is, rather than answers that have to be correct or incorrect.
Step 5: Do Not Overwork Yourself. Sometimes, the fear of the exam can make our brains blow a gasket. It's best not to stress yourself out to the point where you're unable to function. Do not cram everything at the last minute, instead, study in small doses for a long time. This will help you to be stress free by the time the test comes around. Late night study cramming sessions can cause you to be extremely tired and simply not in the mood to partake in the exam. By being prepared, you can avoid the last second stumbling block of working yourself to hard, walking into the class room with your head held high, and make an A+ grade on your test.
There are lots of methods of learning that each person prefers, and not all teachers practice the same forms of grading. It's best for you to know what you need to do prior to the exam, so that you're comfortable with your surroundings. To achieve complete perfection on an exam, you must be prepared for what's to come. These simple steps will help you achieve a perfect grade, yet the best way to ensure this, is to make sure that you study and know the coarse material.