Well I'm assuming you have to answer questions on poetry and 2 texts? So I recommend that you just learn your notes off by heart and research other people's ideas on them. Then yes, once you're confident, try the exam questions.
I go mindmap crazy but that doesn't work for everyone I guess. I mindmap all the main themes in the novel and add a quotes list for each mindmap. I plan to copy the quotes onto index cards so I can reread them on the bus etc. With poetry I have main "profiles" for each poem, including the main themes, the meaning, the context, the methods and techniques etc.