Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
When the exam is multiple choice, I will use flashcards to help me remember the information. To make the flashcards more useful, I use color pens to categorize. At first, the only thing I do is write the content on the flashcards; I include information like key terms and facts, not trying to remember anything. When the flashcards are finished, I start to study. In the beginning, I read them out loud. Reading the information out loud helps me recall the terms and facts later. Then I make two groups, A and B. Group A includes the cards I know and group B includes the ones I need to review. As I get better at remembering the information, the study time lessens and the stack of flashcards in group B start to get lower until there are none!
If the exam format includes short answers, I write the response on paper. (That was not as effective as I thought.) However, I came up with a new idea, using a whiteboard to help me remember what to write for the question. This helps me practice so when it comes time for the actual exam, I feel confident. In the first round, I write down the question and answer in a complete sentence, like reviewing. The next round is when I answer the questions on my own without looking at the answer. If I get stuck, I will look at the question and put it off to the side, so I know that I need to study that one more. I will know that I have it down when I have no trouble at all.
Samantha from Massachusetts