Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
My name is Bukky Adekunle. I am a student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. I am originally from Nigeria and having to move to the United States for education caused me to change my strategies for the test preparation. The educational system back home was more of a by-the-book learning system where you have to memorize a lot of the information while college is more about the application of the information that has been learned.
My favorite test preparation practice is taking notes. I typically use the Cornell method of note taking which I learnt in my freshman orientation class. I typically have to write things down to be able to understand it properly, I need to see the information in my own handwriting. I basically formulate a crash course in whatever class that I am taking notes for. This method also saves time because I do not have to open my textbook or look on the internet to look for certain information. I always have important topics highlighted so it becomes really easy to find certain information for future referencing.
Another test preparation practice that works for me is having study sessions. I feel like sharing thoughts on the subject with other people helps you learn more about the subject matter. In addition, study sessions provide a network of people that are there to help each other to explain things and do better in the class. This especially works for me because I enjoy listening to other people’s opinions and sharing my own thoughts as well. The classroom environment can also be intimidating to ask as many questions as you’d like so having a small group is more comfortable to express yourself.
These test preparation techniques have really helped my transition. They have helped me understand the information better and not feel as overwhelmed and I am grateful to have discovered them.
Bukky from Georgia
Kennesaw State University