Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
This first step involves gaining an understanding of the material. I usually do this by condensing all my lecture notes into a short study guide a few days to a week before the test. I enjoy doing this because I think this strategy is quick but effective; skimming my previous notes, worksheets, and past exams refreshes my mind on all the material I should know. Creating this study guide allows me to synthesize and reorganize information in a way that makes sense to me. Summarizing notes helpfully pinpoints which topics I am solid on and which topics I am weaker on too.
The next stage, then, is polishing these weaker areas. I try to utilize whatever resources are available, whether that includes reviewing specific assignments, looking through specific textbook sections, or researching videos to enhance understanding. After strengthening these gaps in my knowledge, I like to go back and synthesize this new knowledge on the study guide too. In this way, my study guide documents my learning process in addition to its traditional function as a notes reference.
The third step involves application of knowledge. I like to find practice exam-like questions online or make up my own test questions. In answering these questions, I consciously reason not only why the right answer is right but why the wrong answers are wrong. I find that this further solidifies more conceptual aspects and increases confidence for the exam.
Christabelle from California