As a student I remember having to memorize the meanings of lots of words for different tests, and there is one strategy that I used over and over: I wrote out the words and their definitions. Simply reading something is studying, but actually writing that same thing out can be even more effective studying. Writing out the test items will help you memorize them and, of course, make it a simpler matter when it comes time for you to write out the items again on the actual exam.
It's important, I want to add, that you don't just go through the motions of copying things out from a book to a notepad. Maybe look at the book as you write out the word, then close the book and try to write out your own definition first before checking the book again to make sure that you have the definition right.
A final item to keep in mind is that pieces of information are easier to remember if you learn them in context. Maybe practice sample sentences that include the words that you'll have to know for the exam.
Below are two links to enotes resources on the topics of memorization and vocabulary. I hope they're helpful to you. Good luck!