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

Weary, my eyes filled with tears as I tried to master every line within the textbook. The hours of reading and rereading every page made my head feel as if it were a weight. The pressure inside me built as I attempted to maintain my 4.0 GPA. Every nerve in my body filled with anxiety until I was too overwhelmed to do anything. I misconstrued the whole concept of studying through this study habit. I was not utilizing my education by purely cramming for a test in which I would never process the information. It was no longer a matter of working harder but I needed to start working smarter.
Cramming is not a studying technique and until I understood this I was submerged with unnecessary fear before tests. I began studying the content learned in class within a 24 hour period to enable me to recall it easier. I read the notes and created flash cards out of them. I used a whiteboard and markers of various colors to help me answer the flash cards questions. This was a very beneficial technique to help me with repetition and memorization.
As the test day started to approach I already understood most of the content. I reviewed the flash cards I already made for mastering practice and understood the textbook information rather than just storing it in my short term memory. This technique enabled me to transform my test taking anxiety into confidence. I genuinely knew the information and did not have to second guess myself. Studying a little bit everyday rather than just cramming is an extremely beneficial method to taking tests.

Kayla from California
College Freshman
Azusa Pacific University