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

As a university student going in to her third year of studying, I believe that my test preparation practices are superior to some better than most and infinitely great to me. My study technique is simple...WRITE IT DOWN! Studies have proven that when you write things down you are more likely to remember them as opposed to simply reading them. This is because writing things down makes a connection between your brain and muscle memory making things truly stick. Ever since I can remember I have been things down as a means to remember. Starting with my successful early spelling tests, to learning my multiplication tables, to practicing for my SAT exams, I have always written things down. Today I make sheets with any information that seems to be the most important for any of the tests I take in a given class. By writing down my notes again and being able to organize and process them once more, I give myself the opportunity to not only better memorize but learn the needed material. I have evolved my 'writing' technique by using color to reinforce my memorization. Using colors to organize these ideas allows me to organize them in my head as well. Whenever I am asked a question, I can more readily remember the topic in my notes and therefore better remember my notes. Writing things down is not only the best technique for test preparation but it is the only technique that every student should have in the arsenal.

Sara from Georgia
College Junior
University of Georgia