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

In high school, I never established a concrete study system for myself- I managed to get by doing the bare minimum throughout all my four years. Once I started college, however, I quickly realized that I needed to set my studying habits straight if I wanted to be a successful student. Through trial and error, I have found that the most effective technique for me was creating small booklets to help review.

It was my freshman roommate who first introduced me to the idea. Before our first chemistry exam, I noticed her reviewing her notes and scribbling down on separate sheets of paper. Once she finished, she stapled them together and showed me the cute little booklet she made full of key chemical terms, formulas, and concepts from all the units covered during the lectures. Noticing how well she did on the first exam, I decided to try it for myself. The process was very tedious since it forced me to review my notes very carefully. Mindlessly rewriting whatever I had in my notebook would have been pointless and a waste of time. Instead, I wanted to condense all the material I learned into a few pages. While creating my booklet, I would go line by line, word by word, until I understood what I was reading before jotting anything down. I had the power to add specific topics I struggled with throughout the course in detail and include small notes over ones I understood better.

In the end, I scored much higher the second time around all the work I had put into my booklet paid off. It worked well for me because it was not just the study guides professors provide to all their students. While they covered all the material for the exam, I had made my own study guide customized to my strengths and weaknesses, which was much more useful. At the end of the semester, I had accumulated a collection to review for the final. I still use the same test prep practice and hope to continue using this method and share my studying tips with others as my roommate did with me.

Jasmine from Georgia
College Sophomore
University of Georgia