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

- Know what type of studying works for you for each specific class. This is easier to grasp after the first test/exam because you know how the teacher will ask questions, word the answer choices, etc. For example, if you know that the test will be completely based on presentations from class, only study those presentations. If you know the test will be heavy in definitions, make flashcards. This will save you a lot of time and energy because you won’t be studying things that won’t be on the test.
- Get enough sleep! I have found that getting a full night’s worth of sleep beats staying up a few extra hours to read over notes that I can’t even comprehend anymore because I’m so exhausted. I end up doing better on the test and understanding more of what I studied if I get a full night’s sleep. You’d think this would be a given but you’d be surprised at how tempting it is to “just do a little bit more.”
- Figure out where you study best. Not just where you can sit and do assignments but a place where you can completely focus on reading notes, taking mock exams, whatever it is that helps you study. For me, I have to be in an environment that isn’t distracting (i.e. where people aren’t moving around a lot, objects can’t distract me, etc.) but I don’t prefer complete silence. I like to listen to quiet instrumental music while I study because it keeps my mind focused on one sound instead of the hundreds of other sounds around me.
- Similar to the first tip, find what type of studying works best for you for different subjects. I’ve found that for science- and math-based classes, working out practice problems works best for me while reading notes and going over presentations is more helpful in humanities-based classes. Figuring this out early on will save you so much time.

Allyne from Alabama
College Sophomore
University of Alabama at Birmingham