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

Imagine this: You've got bags under your bloodshot eyes, your hair is something out of the 80's (like the band Flock of Seagulls), there's this deep pressure within your chest, and a clanging in your head because you're not ready to pass the next exam, much less your final. That would be a nightmare! But with my test preparation practices anybody can be ready for their next stress inducing questionnaire.

There's no need to let a test stress you out. It's simple, let's work our way backwards from the most important test of the semester--the final exam. Most people have been told to have a healthy breakfast and to get plenty of sleep the night before the exam. Don't cram, don't procrastinate, and most of all keep calm. All of these things should be done without a doubt.

A week or two before the final exam, the professor usually provides important resources to go over so you'll know what to expect. Use those resources! It's good to think of the course like a hierarchical tree. Think of the subject matter with branches and draw a diagram. Start from the core subject areas and extend those branches to sub-topics which can be thought of as leaves. Make sure you know the important stuff within each of those branches. Flash cards work, but use them in conjunction with the tree and place a tally or check next to each of the leaves whenever you have committed the card to memory.

There are different kinds of learners, auditory, visual, etc. Use what you are to your advantage. The first day of class leading up to the final few weeks might seem like a long time. Don't fret. Go over the material, all of the material, even if it doesn't make sense to you. If you get stuck on a topic, keep moving. It's important to understand the broad range of the course before knowing the nitty gritty. Once a core subject area is completed, go back and get help if you were stuck. There are plenty of resources available to learn the material.

Learning is fun! Good luck on your next exam!

Michael from Florida
College Junior
Western Governors University