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

As someone that's spent a majority of my college years working full-time and going to school full-time, I've always had to make the most of my limited study time. My professors recommended at least three hours of study per credit hour, which was hard to balance with a 40 - 50 hour a week job! I wasn't always able to follow that guideline, but I was, fortunately, able to make the most of the time that I did have to study. I'm the type of person that learns by doing, so it always helped to find ways to apply what I was learning to my everyday life. For instance, I took a math class while I was working in an office that just so happened to be in an accounting department. At the time, my coworkers were using Microsoft Excel for a lot of their work. I struggled a lot with logic statements, but I noticed that my coworkers were using IF formulas in Excel. I asked a coworker for help on Excel one day, and I noticed patterns that were similar to what I was learning in school - which helped me in my job and in school! Most times, however, I always practice what I just learned, whether it's using a new writing technique in writing assignments or doing sample math equations. When it's close to test time, I also take practice exams to help ease test anxiety. In general, I think it's really important to keep your study time interesting; if you space out, it makes it hard to retain the information you just learned. I was fortunate to have my life circumstances align with the classes that I was taking. In spite of my crazy schedule, I managed to get my Associates of Arts degree with high honors with these strategies, and I'm looking forward to continuing to apply them as I begin my Bachelors program this year.

Altessia from Washington
College Sophomore
Washington State University