I hit upon Alex K. Chen's answer on What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners" follow? which links to this New York Times article To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test .
How can students implement this article's findings to improve studying all through the year? Some math students are examined only once, at the end of the school year, therefore how can they benefit fom this? To address Fantini's comment underneath, I too am against focusing on tests.
Furthermore, are there other more efficient methods than the four in this table from the article?
My first thought was to self-serve past papers as tests. However, past papers might not be useful as the same questions probably will not be repeated? To get back to Tobias Kildetoft:
Concept mapping: Students "arranged information from the passage into a kind of diagram, writing details and ideas in hand-drawn bubbles and linking the bubbles in an organized way." "Having students draw detailed diagrams documenting what they are learning — is prized by many teachers because it forces students to make connections among facts. "
Retrieval practice: "students who read a passage, then took a test asking them to recall what they had read"