3.5 Stage 5: Understanding and learning the course material
Simply reading and re-reading the course materials will take you more time than you can afford, and is not an effective way of learning material for an exam. Adopt what is called an active approach to learning for your exam. Different subjects demand different active methods but, generally speaking, this approach involves you in manipulating or doing things with the material in a way that helps it to stick, so you can recall it later.
The first thing you need to do is to reduce the masses of information you have on each topic to a manageable size. This can be done by condensing the notes down to key words and concepts. You can do this in a variety of ways.