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

I was considered a "gifted" child growing up. I never had a need to study for tests before attending university. I had an easy time absorbing the information in class and passing all the coursework. Because of this, by the time I hit college I had no clue on how to actually "study". That was a skill I had to teach myself.

I juggle running a household, working full time, taking care of family members, and going to school full time. Studying for tests is now essential for me. However, I have a hard time sitting still and focusing for long periods of time.

When I need to prepare for a test I go over course material - whether that be video or text book - and I hand write important notes. Hand writing notes helps me memorize material easier. I'll also research (Google, Youtube, etc) extra material to help get a more in-depth understanding of the material. I start studying for a test at least a week ahead of time. This gives me time to take frequent breaks. I prefer studying using the "Pomodoro Technique". This is where you study for an interval of time (around 20 minutes is good for me), and then take a break for five minutes before picking up again. This allows me to focus on what I'm reviewing without getting mental fatigue.

Lenzie from Texas
College Sophomore
Western Governors University