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

The way that I study and prepare for tests is a four-day affair.

On day one I take all of the notes that I have written thus far, and I type them up and compile them into one large document, this document is updated from test to test. I then take a look at the syllabus for the class and see if there are any specifics that I would need to know for taking this test, such as what kind of scantron or pen/pencil.

On day two I read through half of my notes, and if I have a study group for the course, I will meet with the group on this day to compare notes and see if I left anything out. If there is something I am missing, I will add that to my notes.

On day three I read through the rest of my notes, make sure I go to bed early, and prep some iced coffee or iced sweet tea for the day. I also put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror if I have to bring anything for the test, as to make sure I do not forget anything.

Day four is test day, I will check my backpack to make sure I have everything before I go, or if they do not allow backpacks, make sure everything is where I know I won’t forget it and recheck my sticky note. Then I shower before the test to calm my nerves, drink my coffee/tea, and then head off to take my test.

This is a long process, but I have learned that if I can pace myself properly, I won’t feel freaked out as much about the test, and I generally get better scores. I specifically arrange my class schedule in college to make sure I have enough time to prepare. I leave about an hour and a half to two full hours in between classes so that way I can do my test prep. Some days I am prepping for multiple tests, so spreading the work out makes it much more manageable.

Hayden from California
College Junior
University of California Santa Cruz