I'm mostly making this topic in order to avoid this awful paper that I'm supposed to be writing that's due tomorrow haha.
A great way for me to learn and remember whatever was said in class is to take notes and type them out within a week of learning it. The timing is important because as you type, you may remember things that you didn't get a chance to write down in class. As you type out your notes, it's almost like you're reinforcing the ideas into your brain. That way, when it comes time to study for an exam, I have a neat set of notes all typed out that are much easier to review. Plus, you'll be surprised at how much more you know just by typing it out earlier!
I'm a strong believer in the concept that if you don't know the material the night before an exam, it's much better for your memory to review it all once and then get a good night's sleep rather than pulling an all-nighter.
Also, there are a few memory tricks you can use. I had a friend who would always chew a specific gum when studying for a test, and then would come back and chew the same gum when actually taking the test. She claimed it worked quite well.
Don't follow a set way of learning, do what suits YOU. Study with your favourite music playing, recite facts forwards and backwards in an accent, make up songs about key events. The list is endless.
If you're tired, stop. Sleep, your brain needs care.
Make a schedule, stick to it. Make sure you have an evening off to relax.
The most important thing is caring for yourself. Don't neglect your well-being in favour of stress-induced study, it won't help you. Stress mixed with a neglected body will make learning even harder. You will succeed, and even if you don't it's not the end of the world. You might be told that your entire future hinges on a single exam result, but really it's not true. There are many roads to a destination, if you are meant to get there you will.
Once I actually get all my reading done I re-write what I remember on Word or on paper..this will help you see as to what you missed and what you already have pat down. Lastly, if you have a lot of key terms and a lexicon, you should make a list of the key words and make sure theyre all defined....hope this helps