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

As a student I have had to get creative when studying for tests, I am a horrible test taker if I don't study, and I easily get distracted. When I was in high school, I came up with a four step study plan to help me study, and it has followed me though to college.
1. When you take notes, color coordinate EVERYTHING! This should be a requirement for students everywhere. People associate colors to feelings and memories. Having a color coordinated notes helps to promote better memory and studying practices. Humans do not live in a black and white world, so doing your notes in black and white makes for a nonmotivated student.
2. Draw diagrams! I cannot stress this enough if you are able to doodle or draw a diagram of the things that you are learning, it makes for review and studying that much easier and quicker. It is a proven fact that people remember pictures before written words.
3. For a more traditional way of studying, find a website and make note cards. I found that this didn't work well for myself, so I went through all of my notes and studied them by color section. Sometimes, I would write my information down on sticky notes and put them in places that I would see them so I could look at it when I pass by.
4. Now at the end, the last step, the night before, and day of your test, I don't go over many of the notes, instead focus on the important parts like the vocab and the people etc.. Know the notes that your teacher specifically highlighted and pay special attention to those because more likely then not that is what the teacher will have on the test.
Through this whole process I had to learn as I went, and discover what makes sense to me, what works and what doesn't. Everyone learns at a different pace, I learn slower, but once I know something I don't forget. This is what I have found works the best for myself because it looks pretty and makes sense and doesn't add extra stress because I enjoy looking at the work and studying it.

Danielle from South Dakota
College Freshman
South Dakota State University