Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Hello, my name is Dania Rasheed and I would like to thank you in advance for the consideration. I am a sophomore at the University of New Mexico. I am studying psychology with the hopes of being an adolescent psychologist. For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with test anxiety. It took me a long time to learn what would facilitate my learning the greatest, and I only recently realized what works for me. The intense anxiety that comes from taking tests makes preparation much more difficult. For a long time, no matter how prepared I thought I was, my memory disappeared as soon as I touched a ScanTron. When I realized how well verbal memorization worked for me, it was like getting glasses. While I still had some test anxiety, the certainty I had in myself made all the difference in my exam scores.
Typing out flashcards and having someone quiz me is key to my learning success. If I make the flashcards and test them myself, I usually peek. By having someone else read them to me, my verbal repetition helps me remember. I have been involved in music since my childhood, so sometimes when I repeat the phrases I make songs to them. For me, it works as a pneumonic device and aids my retention. Repetition, though it seems basic, is the biggest aid. I feel much more confident when I have repeated the notes/terms multiple times. These have been the most beneficial studying tools to settle my test anxiety. The organization from typing and verbal repetition greatly facilitate my studying skills, no matter the course.
Dania from New Mexico
University of New Mexico