How to Study for a Sociology Exam. Study smarter, not harder, when preparing for your sociology exam. Start studying as soon as you receive your sociology books. Maintain a long-term study program that has you relaxed during a week when other students experience fear and anxiety. Read on to learn more.

Step 1

Purchase your sociology books early and study them from the first to last page. Pay attention to the learning objectives. Many professors use test banks prepared by the same company that makes the student textbooks you're required to use. These learning objectives hint at the test questions.

Step 2

Take notes when your sociology teachers starts covering the first chapters. Study these notes immediately after class. Take notes everyday, and read every note that you've taken since the first day. You don't need to memorize things in your notes. Studying daily imprints this into your memory so that you can recall sociology related data when you take the exam. So study every one of your notes daily.

Step 3

Get your research project out of the way in the beginning of the course. Convince your fellow team members on your project of this, if you're working as part of a team. Devote the remainder of the course studying for the midterm and final exam.

Step 4

Read the required chapters before they're covered in class. Read those chapters a second time so that you could better determine what parts of the chapter satisfies the learning objectives. One week before the exam, go back and study the sections of the book that you've highlighted. Continue studying the notes you've taken since day one.

Step 5

Get a study group together. Meet somewhere you can quiz each other on what the class covered. Take this opportunity to test how well you could discuss what you learned.

Step 6

Sleep well the night before the exam so that you can take the exam with an alert mind.