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

Imagine you're getting onto a rollercoaster. You stand on the platform readily awaiting your turn. When you're finally next in line, you go to sit in the worn seat, pulling the heavy seat restraint over you and hearing the familiar click of the seatbelt latching into place. Then, the ride starts. The cart is slowly dragging you up into the sky and your heart feels like it's pounding so much that it might just pop out of your chest. Then, you reach the highest point on the track. You're up so high that everyone below looks like ants, and you feel as though you're going to scream.. That's when the fall happens. The cart goes racing down, and you feel like you're floating from the lack of gravity. It goes by so quickly you don't know what actually happened, but you do know you made it through and it was definitely not as bad as the buildup made it out to be. And, just as quickly as it started, the ride is over. The cart comes to a screeching halt back at the platform, you unbuckle, lift the seat restraint off of you, and you're done. In its own way, taking a test is just like riding a rollercoaster. You have all of the buildup before you take the test where you're mind is panicking about the unknown venture ahead, but once you've done it, it wasn't as bad as it seemed. It may seem obvious to say, but when I prepare for a test, I study. I make sure I know enough content that the thought of not knowing what exactly I will be tested on doesn't make me feel as though my heart is going to pop out of my chest from so much anxiety. I like to create flashcards using highlighters to color code specific information for specific purposes. Writing down the information by hand typically helps me commit it to memory. I also usually have someone quiz me using the flashcards, and whatever I mess up on I go back to that section of my textbook or notes from class and rewrite the information I missed. Making sure you're ready for the fall is key to getting on the ride in the first place!

Haley from Tennessee
College Junior
Western Governors University