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

One of the biggest things I struggle with when it comes to tests is anxiety. I have terrible testing anxiety and am not the best test taker whether I know the information or not. I tend to do better when I know the information, obviously, but even then testing is hard for me.

The best thing I ever started doing to prepare for a test is not cramming in my bedroom the night before. I started separating my workspace and relaxation space into different rooms in the house which helps me to focus and minimizes my stress around testing. Another great thing I have done is chewing minty gum or eating a mint while I study and using the same kind of gum or mint during a test. I don't know exactly why it works, but it helps me remember what I studied. I also learned, being an online student, that the worst thing I could do is put off a test or wait because I am "not ready" even though I have studied and learned the material. So, to minimize my testing anxiety, I have started trying to take tests or quizzes immediately after I watch a lecture video or read the material. Sometimes I study a Quizlet set beforehand, but I perform better when I do not wait and put it off.

Tests are still stressful for me and have led me to struggle with my GPA for years upon years now, but doing those few things (plus some aromatherapy from time to time) seems to help me. I am always open to learning other strategies, though, and hope to master test-taking by the end of my college years so that I can help others who share the test-taking anxiety and stress that I have always experienced.

Maddi from Georgia
College Freshman
Kennesaw State University