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

Test anxiety is real! Especially for those major exams that can make you or break you. Timed exams are even worse. Last semester I had a professor give us exams with 40 minutes to answer 80 questions. With these 5 steps and no procrastination you will be able to ace those tricky exams too! First, DON'T procrastinate. Easier said than done am I right?Procrastination is what I grapple with the most. However, the number one thing that has helped me focus on getting my work done is keeping my eyes on the prize. My "why" if you will. Why are you here? Why do you need this? Why do you want this? Why are you working so hard? There has to be a bigger and better reason that your putting in all of this hard work. When you focus on your "why" you can put all distractions aside and run towards your academic goals at full force. Second, identify your learning style. Mine is writing. I take notes before class from the professor's slide they post online or if they don't post the slides until after class I will take notes from the textbook before class. During class I record lecture and highlight things in the notes that I already took before class that the professor emphasizes. After class I listen the lecture I recorded and I rewrite my notes as a "final draft." It may seem like a lot and I'm not going to tell you its easy. If it was easy everyone would do it! But you're not everyone. You're dedicated and determined to reach your "why.". Right? Third, learn to say "no." When your friends want to go out on the weekend you want to stay home and study. Again, it's not easy but it will be worth it. Fourth, set a study place and time. That doesn't mean on your bed at 3am the night before the exam. A quiet place with a desk or table will do. Make it a requirement for yourself to study at least 45 minutes a day. I'll say it again, it won't be easy. Yes, Saturday and Sunday too. Finally, reward yourself. You've put in the HARD work now you can enjoy yourself. Until next semester.

Samantha from Texas
College Junior
University of Houston