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

If you're like me then the thought of having a test or quiz gives you anxiety. As a high school student I never handled my test anxiety well. As a college sophomore now, I have mastered the art of preparing for my tests. I will pretend I am preparing for my biology test and walk you through my process. I do best when I make study guides. The first thing that I do is compile all of my class notes on a Google Doc. I write all my notes by hand in class, so I transfer them over to my computer when it's time to study for the test. I divide it into different sections based on the content we learn. Since biology is about life and we learn about our bodies, etc it always helps to add pictures. I also add important terms and use analogies in order to remember specific things. Once I complete my study guide I print it out and study one section a day. I study a section and take quizzes to review either on Quizlet or Quizzizz.com. This is a great way to review and make sure that what I am reviewing and studying makes sense and it is sticking. I try and make my study guide and start studying at least 4-5 days before the test. This was the thing that I learned helped me the most. It is so much harder to cram everything in the day before or right before the test. Instead, I take the day before and the day of the test to simply review things, and have my mom or sister quiz me as well. In the end, this reduces my anxiety, and I go into the test much more confident. I know this works for me because I received an A on my biology final. It was so great to see how my hard work paid off and that my study habits helped me for the better. In the end, preparing for tests looks different for each person. The best way to prepare for a test is to find out what works best for you. What works for me may not work for you and that's ok. We all learn and retain information differently just because tests makes you a little nervous doesn't mean you can't succeed.

Ana-Lauren from California
College Sophomore
Azusa Pacific University