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

To be honest, I've never really had to study hard in school. I was typically always interested in the subject matter and thus absorbed information easily. However, when it came to tests, the issue was never remembering the facts as much as it was getting said facts onto paper. Often times, I would go into a classroom reciting formulas and vocabulary forwards and backwards but as soon as the test was in front of me it would all disappear. So frequently would I doubt my abilities and second guess myself that the test-anxiety was always harder to overcome than the test material itself.
I am 26, and I am returning to college. I already have two degrees, and so I am very well-versed in what it means succeed in college courses. It's one thing to study in the calm of your own home, on your own time, but it's another thing entirely to try to replicate that knowledge in an environment under timed-pressure, where the lights are harsh and other students are making noise. You feel like everyone is staring at you and will laugh loudly if you do something wrong. I have found that to be successful in the moments like this, you need to recreate them.
Whenever I study, I set up my desk with everything I may need (the flashcards, list of facts, a speech...) and play the scariest horror game I own. If I can remember math formulas while also running for my virtual life, remembering them in class becomes no problem. I recite speeches, memorize facts, and practice another language all while getting jump-scared. In all my years of schooling, I have yet to have found a method that works as well for student with anxiety-related issues in class, and since practicing this way I have never done better in courses. So much so that I fully intend to use this method for my upcoming return to college.

Anna from Kansas
College Freshman
Johnson County Community College