At this point in the semester, you’re probably overwhelmed by the immense amount of material covered in any given class. The first step in conquering the piles of information awaiting you is to become very organized. Before going over outlines or reviewing my class notes, I first look at the professor’s syllabus for the course. I mark each topic as falling into one of two categories: (1) what I know well and merely need to review to refresh my memory, and (2) what I know I will need to work at, or even re-learn, before the final exam.
This method serves a two-fold purpose: first, it helps to ease stress surrounding the large amount of material covered in the course, but even better, it gives you a clear idea of how to allocate your time in terms of studying each of the various topics or sub-divisions of a particular subject.
At this point you can incorporate another golden rule of studying for final exams: approach and conquer those parts that you find the most difficult or complicated FIRST -then spending the remainder of your study efforts on the portions that are more straightforward to you.