Suggestions for studying to improve performance

Between Class Days (i.e., between class meeting times)
Read required readings in preparation for class time. Note critical concepts/points, using study guide, if provided. Note points of confusion and prepare questions.
Do homework problems/assignments, perhaps in study groups.
Take advantage of instructor/teaching assistant office hours to answer questions and clear up points of confusion.

Class Days
Come to class, listen actively and attentively, take good/active notes, participate in class, and
ask questions.
Stop every fifteen minutes or so during class session, review notes, note points of confusion, and ask questions.
As soon as possible after class, go over class notes, alone and then perhaps with a study partner or study group. Elaborate on class notes, perhaps consulting textbook or other resource.

Review readings and class notes for the entire week, tying threads of individual class sessions together.

Exam and Assignment/Project Preparation
Know when scheduled exams and assignment/project due dates are
Estimate how much time you will need to study for the exam or to complete the project or assignment. Divide this time evenly over a reasonable number of days or weeks, depending on the nature and extent of the exam or project. Develop a study/project schedule. Set project or assignment milestones (e.g., finish research, write first draft). Studying and preparing
assignments in this way is much more efficient than cramming and other last-minute efforts. Staying on top of course material (see above) will reduce significantly extra study time required for exams.

These tips were recommended in a workshop titled 'Teaching large classes'.  The phamplet was titled 'Strategies for Student Success' by Virginia S. Lee