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

Throughout the transition from a high school student to a freshman at a large research university, I've grown incredibly worried about the quality of my test preparation practices and study skills in order to succeed in my future classes. Many current college students have stressed the importance of good note taking and properly learning how to study, but I had no idea what that meant. From preparing for Advanced Placement exams to watching college freshman advice videos from older students, I have become more confident in my abilities to efficiently prepare for upcoming exams at a higher level than what I've experienced in high school.
My test preparation practices include rereading the textbook and taking notes before an important class exam, practicing for timed writings by simulating the activity outside of school, and physically handwriting a review of important topics from class notes and study guides. I've found that I'm a more visual and hands on learner rather auditory, so reading and writing down relevant information pertaining to the test I am studying for is the most helpful action for me to take in preparing for upcoming exams. Furthermore, I realized that flashcards didn't accurately prepare me for upcoming exams, as I often found them fruitless and preferred handwriting a whole page of notes and reminders for myself throughout the exam rather than memorizing definitions of certain vocabulary words or events.

Courtney from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Boyertown Area Senior High