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

Call me old-fashioned if you will, but my preferred form of test preparation and studying, first and foremost, is hand-written notes. I write my notes by hand versus typing them because then I can feel every pencil or pen stroke beneath my fingers and I can make connections while I'm writing. I have the ability to write in the paper margins and jot down notes or tricks to help me remember: key words or phrases, analogies and similies, or I can even use color to help words stick out . While in lecture or while reading my textbooks I hand write my notes using a glorious amount of highlighters or colored pens. It says somewhere in psychology that we are better to remember information when it is written in various colors and/or when we are able to make connections with the text. After my hand-written notes are done, I use various websites that allow me to make flashcards out of my information that way I have different forms of resources to help me study. Lastly, If I really can't get something to stick and I can draw it out, I will draw it out by hand to the best of my abilities and color code that to help me visually understand what it is I'm learning.

Kathleen from Indiana
College Sophomore
Purdue University