I made Dean's List for my last semester of law school. I also made it for the semester prior. It took me to the 4th year to get it all down. This makes me think about other law students or future. If I knew what I know now, I would have been making Dean's List the entire time.
It wasn't about the content. I clearly knew what was going on in all of my classes from day 1. I was always prepared for class. I worked very hard. What I didn't know what how to execute what I knew on the exam under exam conditions. Anxiety took over.
It wasn't until a Professor wanted to know how I could be prepared for each class yet do so poorly on a midterm. After talking with her, she connected me with another Professor who helped me with a plan to study better & overcome exam anxiety based on how I think.
I see everything with a color. That means when I look at a list that is typed out, my brain associates colors to it. I found writing in colors - or typing in my computer because writing hurts my hands, was very helpful to memorizing.
I also found that the techniques I was given to ease exam anxiety helped immensely. I started to make sure I blocked time prior to every exam to clear my head. Doing that didn't cause everything I memorized to vanished. I instead helped me to recall it for the exam.