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

Receiving a degree can be difficult, some degrees are more difficult than others. Some classes can be more difficult than others and require more studying. There are many methods that can be used to study and many things that can be done to help a person study. Starting at the age of 14 I had to find the most effective studying practice. I went to Early College High School at Brookhaven College where I took college classes at the same time as I took high school classes which meant I had to manage my time and assignments properly and learn how to study ahead of time for all of my classes. For about a year I tried a couple of things and nothing really helped until I tried the following. I for one dreaded taking Cornell notes. I did not feel like they would help me personally; however, that is essentially the method I used but in my own way. In order to keep track of my classes I tend to look over the syllabus two weeks before classes start and a week before I start to look over and take notes of the chapters that will be covered the first week of school. Once I've taken the notes a week before I'll go into class prepared with notes taken. Once in class I follow the professor with my notes and make sure to underline or highlight anything that the professor points out or repetitively mentions. After the first week of school I would take notes on the weekends for the topics of the week of. Before an exam I try to study two weeks or at least a week prior to the exam day. If the professor provides a study guide I use my notes to complete it and I study both my notes and the study guide. I try to study at least 4 hours two weeks before and 30 minutes per day the week before and a brief overview the day before the exam. Throughout the years this is what I have found most helpful to me. In between studying I try to take 5 to 10 minute brakes just because I know that I am the type of person that can not really sit still for too long or focus on something for long periods

Paola from Texas
College Sophomore
West Coast University