Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
High school Chemistry was the biggest challenge for me. I had no idea how to study for such a complex subject that I did not understand. Instead of studying at home, I would get additional help from my teacher. Having her explain it over multiple times, helped me succeed. Math was very similar to this as well. Pre-Calculus is a very challenging subject, making it hard to study on your own at home. I reached out to my teacher many times, receiving tutor lessons and extra worksheets for practice.
In other classes such as Civics, American Studies, Human A&P, and Forensics, I would simply take notes during class and study them at home. These classes came easier to me and were easier to understand. Good note taking skills, good time management, and on my own time is what helped me pass all my classes.
Now that I am in college, some of the classes are much more challenging. Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 were my biggest challenges over the last year. These courses included labs, which had to be passed with a C+, separate from lecture. It was like having two classes combined. I quickly realized that I needed to find new study habits that would work for this type of material.
The best study techniques that worked for me, were taking messy notes during class. Yes, messy notes during class with side comments to help me remember later. Then every day after class I would go home and rewrite all my notes, much neater and organized. By doing this, it was giving me repetitive review and exposing me to the material more than just once. When my notes were neatly written in my binder, I would then make flashcards based off of these notes. I turned my notes into questions and wrote the correct answer on the other side.
For labs, I would take pictures of every model we had to study and make flashcards as well. I printed out the pictures onto flashcards, to study at home. Seeing the actual models at home, saved me a trip from going to school outside of class. I knew exactly what I was going to be asked on the exam and was able to study these all at home. I also bonded with my fellow classmates and would form study groups on lunch breaks. If we were unsure of a topic, we would visit our teacher in her office and get extra help as a group.
I just have been accepted into the Radiologic Technology program, which I will be starting in May for my summer classes. I will take all these study habits and use them in my classes to come. These ways of studying have successfully brought me to where I am today. I know I will succeed in all my future endeavors to come.
Abigail from New Hampshire
NHTI-Concord's Community College