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

Everyone is different in their own way, and this applies to everything in life, but when it comes to studying, I think we all have the same end goal, which is to get a good grade. Whether it is a written test that is coming up or an oral exam for a language course or a math course there is no definitive answer. We live in a time where people want instant answers or results, which is why a lot of us struggle with studying. It takes time and patience, in addition there are further steps to make that grade A come true.


1: Plan It Out
Plan your time accordingly by listing all the courses that you are taking and put them into a calendar, sticky notes, or planner (whichever works best for YOU). Then list the upcoming exams, tests, or presentations along with the date it is due.
Scan over the dates and courses written down to see which one would take the longest. Prioritize your time to get the hardest one to study for first, and save the easiest for last.

2: Study Method
All courses are designed differently, so every course has its own concepts. Studying math of course will be different than studying for an oral exam for a language. Figure out which methods you will be using to study for each different course. Make flashcards (handwritten) for a language course.
3: Schedule
Make a schedule to find the time to fit in study sessions, and stick to them! Also make sure to incorporate break times within those study sessions. Overworking yourself will only cause damage to what you are retaining. Having short breaks, will serve as a reboot for your body and your brain.

4: Environment
Find your ideal study environment that will work for you. A place like a library might work for a lot of people but maybe the quietness is too quiet for you, or maybe it is perfect for you. Try out different spaces to see what fits right for your focus.

Nicole from Arizona
College Sophomore
University of Arizona