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This is such a great question! There are plenty of subjects that seem to have endless amounts of information to learn! When I am feeling overwhelmed with a subject I like to organize! You could try breaking down the subject into sections and then allot a certain amount of time to each section. I've also found that studying a little bit everyday really keeps the information from piling up and becoming overwhelming. Organization and time management is key to helping you not feel so overwhelmed!
Certain subjects can be overwhelming in terms of the amount of topics covered in a semester.
However, if you have good study skills and manage your time effectively you will be able to succeed. What I would suggest is to review the materials the same day itself. Read the class notes and underline important concepts. You may also rewrite your notes using these underlined concepts. Additionally, read the textbook and take down the important information and include them in the rewritten notes. When the test time comes you can just review the notes.
Break the information into bits. However seems reasonable to you. Keep up on daily assignments even if they seem large. Take a speed reading course if you are going into social sciences or history. Review your class notes. Do all assigned reading as soon as possible; read ahead if you can, so lectures can be used to ask questions and reinforce what you have read. Making notes on reading as well as lectures is a good way to cement information in your mind. When test time comes around, get a good nights sleep. Cramming the night before has been proven to not work and may make you do even more poorly by coming to the test sleep deprived and tired.
Trust me, I've been in your shoes before and it's easy to feel helpless when given a daunting amount of information to memorize and apply. Jennie brings up exactly what I wanted to share; although it will take some discipline and time to get used to, I 100% encourage you to study a little bit everyday! Just as eating, it's easier to digest in smaller and bite-size pieces, and reviewing content over a longer period of time usually will encourage memory retention (as opposed to short term memory cramming). Also, find a good study group--not just any random group of classmates, but students who are as dedicated (or even moreso) than you are in studying this content. Meet up at the end of each week and quiz each other, go over things that are still hazy to you, and drill topics. You'll do fantastic :) just make sure to study hard!