Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
- 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
University of Alabama at Birmingham