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


I can affirm that I do have a very solid test preparation practice. This practice involves the application of the various resources I have at hand. Over the years I have identified a deficiency in my academic arena. I have always been one who completes assigned tasks on time and very rarely if ever, miss a date. However, I had never applied myself to a serious test prep method. After some time, I finally developed one. First, I must say that adequate test preparation starts a long time before a couple of days before a test. I will always believe that the best test prep is the time spent in studying the material while completing the consecutively assigned tasks. However, if this were sufficient, we would not have this present discussion. With that being noted, my test prep session begins roughly a week out from the test. Depending on the test type, this time could increase or decrease. The session begins with coffee. This is not a normal cup of coffee. I add an appropriate dose of a supplement called lion's mane. Coffee will provide a mental pick-me-up, while the lion's mane will solidify the studying that will take place. If you are not familiar with this supplement, lion's mane is a mushroom that has been proven to promote the growth of new neural pathways in the brain. This is what we need when we are trying to learn and retain new information. We need neural pathways to form. Upon consuming this coffee mixture, I begin to listen to study music. This likely includes a type of sound called binaural beats. This creates frequencies that match certain brain activity. By purposefully placing the brain into a state of activity favorable for learning and keeping information, I then can proceed to study. With caffeine in my system and conditions being optimal, the information I have to study can be persistently approached and consumed. This means I can spend long hours in the preparation phase. By using science and common sense, studying become easier and more efficient.

Cohen from Alabama
College Sophomore
Jacksonville State University