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

When preparing for tests, the first thing I do is study. I study for two weeks before the test dates. I assign the coursework I have to review between each of the days of the week and then on the last three days, I do a mass review of everything I have studied. This study routine has helped me thoroughly prepare for every test I have ever taken up to college. On the day before the test, I do a brief review of everything then I go to bed at 8:00 pm so that I'm not tired or feel sluggish when taking the test tomorrow. On the morning of the test, I eat a light breakfast with fruit, a carb, and meat. An example of this would be a bagel, bacon, and a banana. Eating before the test makes you more focused during the test. If you have time before the test you should review your notes AGAIN. There is no such thing as being overprepared for a test, so review, review, review! Constantly reviewing material will make it so that your a not memorizing but instead learning and remembering it. Psychologist explains that when a student studies briefly before a test, the information they studied won't fully be remembered after taking the test. This is because it has not been familiarized enough to be part of your long term memory. Short term memory only allows you to remember things for a brief moment and when your done using it is harder to retrieve. So constantly reviewing the material for the test will make the material enter your long term memory and this will make it easier to retrieve them in the future.

Alexis from California
College Freshman
Mount st mary's university