Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Snacking always helps, a salt and a sweet if you can. I suggest a salty snack and a sweet drink. My personal favorite is sunflower seeds and Iced coffee. Now, if you don't have snacks on hand, I suggest chewing gum or candy, and although it may be frowned upon- caffeine. Now, whatever you eat while studying, keep a bit to snack on during the test (if permitted). It helps with memory.
Be sure to have a clean space set up to study as your mind will wander and look for a distraction, especially if the content that you are reviewing is dull. You may find yourself tidying, instead of focusing on content review.
Take a moment to reset focus as you sit down to study. Take a few deep breaths exhaling slowing, speak yourself on what you want to accomplish. This is not a long drawn out task. Deep breath and a pep talk.
Prep practice criteria that has consistently assisted in helping me, is how I review the content to be tested. I focus more on what is heavily weighted on exam, I review ALL content, but to ensure that I get and retain what is most heavily tested, I write out, not type out, the important facts. I then review with flash cards on the crucial facts. I hand make (old school) flash cards, meaning write them out, OR I type them using a fill in the blank (yes it seems elementary) but it works.
To review. in short.
SETUP (clean space complete with writing instrument and index cards)
MENTAL PEP TALK (complete a few deep breaths and slow exhales)
CONTENT TO REVIEW
Kirstie from Arizona
Western Governor University