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

I personally like using a memory technique called a "Memory Palace" which is an imaginary location in my mind where I store mnemonic images. The sillier the better. On example is the use of my bedroom to remember the Pituitary Hormones. I imagine different things taking place in different sections of my room. It helps me remember (Anterior = FLATPG + Posterior = AO). F: FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone; L: LH Luteinizing Hormone; A: ACTH Adrenocortcotropic Hormone; T: TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone; P: Prolactin; G: GH Growth Hormone...A: ADH Anti-Diuretic Hormone; O: Oxytocin. As an example...for FSH and LH, I imagine the first corner of my room having a large follicle licking the wall and falling to the ground, next to it I see Lute Olson picking up the follicle and dribbling it like a basketball. I go around the room with these various visuals mentally. When I am not home, I know what my room looks like, and I can (mentally) visually see the different portions of the hormones. Another technique is by using various mnemonics. A couple examples include how I remember the layers of the epidermis from top to bottom "Come, Let's Get Sun Burned" which is stratum Corneum + stratum Lucidum + stratum Granulosum + stratum Spinosum + stratum Basale. One final one is how to remember the White Blood Cells (WBC) from most to least abundant in the body. "Never Let Monkeys Eat Bananas" = Neutrophil, Lymphocyte, Monocyte, Eosinophil, Basophil. I also remember the approximate percentage of them with the numbers 6, 3, and 1. Largest to smallest 60%, 30%, 6%, 3%, 1%.

Sharon from Arizona
College Sophomore
Pima Community College