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

In my experience, test preparation requires careful study taken well in advance, often a little bit at a time in the form of a game. I, like many others, have failed to prepare properly for an exam, and felt the stinging rebuke that attends those circumstances. On many other occasions though, I have made studying a game, and that has often made the difference in my success as a student.

As a high school junior, I had often heard that small engines, a class dedicated to repairing and maintaining small combustion engines, was the hardest class offered by my local high school. Seeing this as a challenge, I eagerly signed up my senior year. The testing and learning did prove to be grueling, but I quickly found that when my best friend and I had made a game of the studying, pitting ourselves against each other, we were able to master the material. Our minds clung to information linked directly to the pleasure or pain reward systems that often attend games of all types. Other teachers I had also seemed to to understand this, making games out of study material for history or other subjects.

I enjoy being tested in various circumstances. Linking information in studies to reward systems in my brain has embedded useful information in my mind for use not just in a testing environment, but for the rest of my life.

Tanner from Idaho
College Freshman
Brigham Young University