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

Test preparation practices that work best for lower-level cognitive skills (i.e. memorization, information recall) include drill-and-practice, flashcards, peer question-answer sessions, and apps created for test preparation (i.e. Quizlet, Drillster). As a college student, I have used these methods extensively to help me remember facts, vocabulary, formulas, etc., and find them to be a priceless resource for test preparation. Test prep manuals (both print and online) such as Praxis to prepare for basic skills and content exams are also quite helpful. Online test preparation sites such as Khan Academy and EdReady offer many creative ways to prepare for exams. Finally, for test preparation for higher-level thinking questions, there is no substitute for understanding content in such a way that the student is able to the content to another. As a matter of fact, teaching or presenting material to others is one of the most effective test preparation practices available. Oftentimes as a student in elementary and middle school, I would "teach" my homework to the dolls and stuffed animals in my room. For example, I would use the back of my door as a chalkboard and demonstrate (to my dolls and stuffed animals) how to work a math problem. This was a fun test preparation method I utilized often that led to information retention and deeper understanding of content. If a person can explain what he/she knows to another, he/she understands the content and is ready for an exam. As an educator, I plan to teach my students how to use all of the above-mentioned test preparation practices because they have been so valuable to me as a student.

Bridget from Tennessee
College Junior
Western Governors University (WGU)