Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
It is true that some review is necessary prior to the test itself. In the week before the test, I will review my notes and the textbook. If I find some concepts challenging, I will write them by hand several times on a separate sheet of paper. The physical act somehow ingrains the knowledge better than if I just read it (again, longhand notes for the win!). If I'm feeling anxious or still struggling, I might enlist a friend or family member to recite some of the information to, or if no one is around, I might even talk aloud, explain it to myself! This is another way to process the information and make it stick, using my own words. I tend to process information better when I rehearse it aloud, sometimes identifying gaps in knowledge that skipped me when I was staring at a bunch of words.
May, Cindi. “A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop.” Scientific American, Scientific American, 3 June 2014, www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop
Clara from Maryland
George Washington University