Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
The best test preparation practices are those that give my brain enough time to store the information I am studying in my long term memory. To do this I typically study in small increments over a long period and make sure to study right before I go to sleep at night instead of cramming the night before. There is neuroscientific evidence that these methods are the best way to ensure the information does not get quickly lost. My favorite way to study is to type or write out detailed questions on flashcards and quiz myself. These questions must be portrayed in several ways to match how exams typically include multiple-choice questions, true or false questions, matching, fill in the blank, and free-response. It is also essential that I do not just write out questions that were directly taken from a study guide. I must word these questions differently to ensure that I am memorizing the content and not simply the answer to the question. With that being said, before filling out flashcards I usually make a study-guide that I use to translate onto flashcards. If a teacher does not supply me with a study guide, I make one of the key concepts of the class. Study-guides help me a lot because I have a slight photographic memory and remembering the placing of the question on the page makes it easier for me to recall the answer to the question. This is why I must study in numerous ways because if I only use a study guide I am more likely to simply memorize the answer to the question and might not fully understand how to apply the content. I like to have my friends or family also use the flashcards to reword the questions I have written because this mimics some of the pressure that taking an exam can induce. As someone who studies neuroscience, I know these strategies have been proven helpful in lab studies, and I consider myself to be a successful case-study.
Morgan from Arizona
University of Arizona