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

Before a large test, I prefer to start studying at least a week in advance. Basically, I review my notes to the point where I could tell you almost word for word what was written in my notes. Additionally, I try to understand my notes well enough to be able to teach it to someone else. That way, any questions I have will lead me to a deeper understanding of the topic while also helping me to remember things more because I am truly engaged in fully comprehending the subject. I always like to look over my notes right before a test as well so that everything that I had studied is fresh in my mind. Whenever I study, I make sure I have no distractions whatsoever. I turn my phone on Do Not Disturb until I have completed my study session, I do not have any music playing, and I usually talk all of my notes out loud. I am a pretty even combination of an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learner. Because of this, it helps to visually see the notes on my paper, hear the words being spoken by me, and actually speak my notes so that I am doing something. One thing that helps me immensely is to get away from the books for a little while. Usually the day before the test after I have studied a good amount, I like to go for a walk or a run just to clear my mind, feel refreshed, and ease some of the tension. Lastly, I pray a lot before my tests and I simply give all my worries to God. I ask for wisdom, a calm to my nerves, and the ability to recall all of the things I have learned in my class.

Madison from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
Seton Hill University