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

Throughout most of my academic career I have struggled to find the most effective study method to do well on exams. I would rewrite my notes multiple times and try to memorize a huge load of information in a short amount of time. I began to research different study methods and eventually found the perfect study method for me. The most important step is to start in advance and avoid procrastination. I would reread my notes every night and teach the information I learned to myself. This would allow me to retain smaller bits of information every night and I would feel less overwhelmed rather than cramming a large amount of information the night before an exam. After, I would make online flashcards for each chapter and study them as well. By the time the test rolled around my study materials were already made and most of my time was used just studying all the important topics from my study guide and using my online flashcards as an extra tool. These study habits led to a dramatic increase in my performance and yielded great test results. I also realized that I would retain the information longer in my brain when I studied this way rather than forgetting it very quickly after an exam. Courses like Anatomy and Physiology required an immense amount of memorization so flash cards were necessary in doing well in the course. Another great study tip was reading the material for the next lecture prior to going into class. This allowed me to be prepared for the next topic and would understand the lecture better yielding to greater test results. I also quickly realized that certain courses would require more work than others so creating a checklist and prioritizing certain courses over others was vital to spending my time most efficiently. It's important to remember that not every person will have the same study method. What might work for me, might not work for you. One will need to try out different study methods till they find the one that works for them.

Areeba from New York
College Freshman
Loyola University of Chicago