Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I wholly vouch for Kafka's advice, as I have been following it before every test for a long time. After having reviewed and created study guides the days before, about an hour before the examination I find a quiet corner and listen to music for 15 minutes or so—most often Vivaldi or Strauss, something that is the perfect marriage between soothing and invigorating. I don’t review (as I've done feverishly the day before), I don’t wonder how well I'll do in the test, or if I'm missing something important. It’s difficult, but often I manage to do nothing but listen. And I am quite content. Meditation doesn’t really work on me, as I get frustrated when my brain is unable to shut down and focus on nothing. So I listen, and I find a total sense of calm that sets me in the right frame of mind for the test, as it does away with my nervousness and self-doubt. After that, I eat half a Twix (chocolate stimulates the brain!), review one last time, and go into the exam. I find that when doing this my brain doesn't fight for the answers, instead, they come to me, and I do much better.
While, like everyone, I do better on some tests than others, this method of 'test preparation' has worked infallibly for me.
Maria from Florida
Miami Dade College