Focus on vocab!
Don't waste your time looking up vocab in the exam. Using cue cards in various orders will always help. Also, get creative! If you draw a little picture to help you memorise, it will work as a peg for the future. For example, in Spanish, the word 'Arros' is rice. So I would draw a little picture of arrows being shot into a bow of rice on the cue card. Similarly, the word 'pluma' is pen, so I drew a picture of mario (a plumber) holding a giant pen in his hand. Making funny pictures that link words together can help jog your memory.