Quote from MayisontheWay
turn every single note into a question, either multiple choice or fill in the blank. My tests could end up being 400 or 500 questions/answers long...but I knew exactly where I was weak and where I needed to study. I could also predict with very good accuracy how well I would do on a test. It worked every time....EVERY TIME. I finished my BSN with a 4.0 overall.
I only participated in study groups as an additional learning tool for myself, because I ended up "teaching" the group what I had learned. It was a chance for me to refine.
You know what, I do the same exact thing. Go through all of the notes, and with each fact of information write out a possible exam question for it. Label one page as the "question" page and number each question. Then on a separate piece of paper (really papers since it will take about 3-5 pages) write "answers". And of course number them correspondingly to the question sheets. This way you can quickly quiz yourself on a couple hundred questions, without taking a bunch of time looking through your notes for the "important" information, or the info that you don't already know. Also by having the answers on another piece of paper, it prevents a wandering eye from glancing at the answer when you think u know the answer and the answer is on the tip of your tongue but u get impatient and glance to see what it is. I'm guilty of this, and it turns out, we really don't know what it is, or don't know what it is well enough, since we can't recall it from memory.
Also, i suggest no multiple choices only a question. Sometimes a question with a short one word answer, sometimes a question which requires you to list a few things, i.e. function of carbohydrates in the body and lastly write questions which require a paragraph/detailed explanation answer. This way, when you do have those easy multiple choices, you will already know the answer before even looking at the choices. This prevents common errors that may occur from similar answers like; site where Electron transport chain occurs. 1)inner membrane 2) inter membrane space.
You will already have it down cold and will not hesitate or think twice.
Lastly if you do have time, like Mayison mentioned, do a study group, but be prepared to really only gain knowledge from it by teaching others. This allows you to fill the gaps in your knowledge that you may have but won't know until you try explaining/teaching it.
good luck, study hard.