Here are a few suggestions for writing
sure you're fully prepared. Don't just read the notes,
think about them. Make grids or tables of comparative
information so that you have the key points at your fingertips.
with someone else the day or night before the exam. Ask each
other questions and verbalize your answers without looking at your
notes. This will help you internalize the material so that it
becomes second nature to you.
expect to write everything you know about a subject. You
will need to be selective. Answer the question or questions
briefly but fully. Look for the significance or unique features of a
subject and talk about those. When you define something (for
example, democracy), say just enough to distinguish it from other
items in that category (in this case, other forms of government).
You don't have to write a treatise on the subject.
your time carefully. You may have to stop and go on to
the next question even though you have more to say about the first
subject. You will definitely know more than you can put down in a
single class period and it takes real discipline to move on.