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

It took me a while to figure out how to study effectively instead of just memorizing the material; the big difference in between these two strategies is that with the former you can retrieve what you studied later in life, while with the latter it will feel like the material was never there. I tend to analyze what chapters I need to study: how long they are, what are the main topics and the learning objectives of each chapter. I then divide what I have to study in sections. I review one section per day, I write down notes and mnemonics that help in remembering, and I also watch YouTube videos about the subject. I struggle to sit still, so I have to schedule break times as well when I study. I use a timer that will ring every 30 minutes. When the timer rings I write three questions about what I just studied, and I take a 15-minute break. When I come back, I start studying from where I left off and when the alarm rings again, I answer the questions I previously wrote, and I write three more. I keep doing that until I am done with the section. I am normally done with the material three days before the exam. The day after I am done, I have a review session of the material with a group and I ask questions to my professor if I still have any. The day before the exam I go through the questions I wrote throughout the review and I make sure I have a good night sleep.
When writing questions I get to test myself and see if I am in command of the material and sleeping helps in memory consolidation.

Joy from Wisconsin
College Junior
Milwaukee School of Engineering (I am a senior, and I will be starting a post-baccalaureate program in the Fall)