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

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sound familiar? Of course. This adage applies perfectly in the realm of test preparation. Proper test preparation begins on the first day of the semester by establishing a habit of preparation for, and study after, each class. For me, this is the best way to prepare for a test. I've found that as I focus on my classwork steadily through the course I've been able to learn more and thus am better prepared for tests.

To focus my preparation and study time, I ask myself several questions: What concepts do I not completely understand? What definitions have I forgotten? What am I unprepared for? Once I assess these answers, I review those topics, re-watch lectures and review my notes. This helps me to strengthen my understanding and remember what I've learned. Having done that, I then turn to the course material and begin a general review of all topics, including the ones I just studied. This helps me prove that I know the material and am prepared for the test.

As part of my general review, I utilize flash cards, video lectures, textbooks, study guides, and ask others to help me review. I have found that a variety of methods is the best way to study as it helps segment my efforts and maintains focus. I’m confident that as I continue to apply these methods, I’ll continue to be successful as a student.

Joseph from Nevada
College Freshman
College of Southern Nevada