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

I use a lot of strategies but the most common one I use is making an outline. I make an outline with all the course notes I've taken throughout the term and use that to help me organize my thoughts and my ideas and also bold and highlight anything super important. I also like to print out any outline given to me before a big test and highlight all the things I may not remember, then go back to my notes and textbook and reread about them. A lot of my friends have now been using outlines because of me since it's so easy to make one and so helpful to use one. Another way I prepare for a test is I use a whiteboard to write down everything I know about a certain topic in a dynamic way in order to creatively collect my thoughts and recollect the information I know about the topic. When it comes to open note tests, I also use my highlighters to distinguish which is the main topic and which are supplementary. I will highlight the main idea with green then go into the supplementary items with yellow or orange so I can know what connects with what; I also use a lot of arrows and bullet points to list off my ideas and my notes. Another thing that I like to do with open note quizzes is that if they are online, I will take my online outline and search for the keyword of that question in order for me to get it correctly. I personally really enjoy taking notes and color-coding everything because it makes me genuinely happy and makes me feel organized. I also find it very important to make a list of things that I need to do in order to keep myself on the task at all times and to understand what needs to be done each day ad when they are due. I also really think it's important to take breaks for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to give your mind a time to soak in all the information and give myself some time to relax from the task of cramming and studying. I study for about 2 or three days before the exam in order to avoid cramming; it prevents you from doing well due to stress.

Ashley from Connecticut
College Freshman
Sacred Heart University