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

My favorite test preparation practice is constructing study guides. Although, this is not no ordinary study guide. The first step I take when creating my favorite study guide is to rewrite my notes using a variety of colored pens. Every time a new chapter or topic is introduced I change colors. There is just something aesthetically pleasing about having notes that look like a unicorn threw up all over them. But truly, I find that by using different colors helps me stay engaged. While I’m rewriting I do my best to keep the notes detailed, clear and concise. Once I have completed my notes I take a short break to temporarily occupy my mind with something else and then return to my notes. During this process I look for concepts that I may not fully understand and, or just simply have a hard time remembering and highlight them. For each topic highlighted I film a Youtube video. The purpose of the video is to educate not only myself but viewers as well. Knowledge is power! Once I finish filming the I upload and edit the video. By the time I finish editing the video, I have heard myself so many times that retrieving the information becomes second nature. Once I felt that I have fully understood the concept, I move on to the next topic.
The combination of these two strategies work best for me because I am a visual learner. I always need to see something to learn it best. These strategies can be used for all types of tests, but especially multiple choice exams. Multiple choice tests are designed to stump students by using distractors as answer choices. Sometimes distractors can be very evident and other times they are not so evident. But often times this results in second guessing my original answer which has led me to select the incorrect answer. By using these strategies I am able to understand the concepts. Understanding the concept is similar to seeing the big picture and if you can see the big picture then you can make out the small details. These details are the same details that made the difference between receiving an A or a B on my exams.

Paula from Florida
College Junior
Florida International University