Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

Studying for exams always brings anxiety and uncertainty. I can never say that I am a great test taker but I have had my luck with them. I can began with start preparing for them as soon as possible. And no, I'm not talking about when the teacher announces that the exam is coming up. I am taking about right after the lecture or homework. Learning as you go through the course is very important and I believe that it is the best way to actually prepare for the exams that come. We all know that in any course we take that there is going to be an exam that we will have to take in order to prove that we have mastered what was being taught. Next tip is not to be afraid to ask questions. The reason the professor is right there in front of you is to teach you the material. There is no excuse for not understanding the material. That's the whole reason the professor is in front of you! Once the professor announces that the test is coming up is they point that you start to REVIEW what you have learned. This is important, trying to understand the material a week before the exam is not recommend. None the less the night before. We are not all genius that can somehow absorbed the knowledge in a book, that took years to write in the first place, overnight. When reviewing it is important to get together and do this with friends. Explaining to one another helps solidify the knowledge in ourselves. We maybe iffy on the concepts but explaining them to a friend gives a different way of looking of looking at the concept. In this case, you are not trying to learn the concept but rather teach it. Now we are coming to the arguably the most important part of preparing to a test. And no, an all-nighter is not the answer. Actually an all-nighter is probably going to hurt you. The answer is GO TO BED! Getting the extra sleep before a test clears the mind and give you extra brain power to get through the exam. Then maybe a good breakfast can help as well, but sleep is the key.

David from California
College Sophomore
California Baptist University