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

Test preparation practices have been very essential during my school years. When I graduated high school, I went immediately California State Northridge. I truthfully felt so lost while I was there for two years. I was going through a process of figuring myself out and what I wanted to do as a career. Due to the amount of pressure that I felt throughout those couple years, my grades declined drastically. I was not putting the effort that was required for my classes. Eventually, I realized I wanted to become a nurse so I decided to go to West Coast University, to take the accelerated BSN program, to become a registered nurse. My grades improved and the main thing I did was improve my time management and have more discipline. While I was at CSUN, I made so many excuses to not do my work or to not study. Having discipline and time management helps my academic courses because I do not wait to do my work the day it is due, and I also don't wait the night before to study for an exam. Each day I do small amounts of school work for about 3-5 hours.
Another helpful practice is being organized. I like to write in my planner daily and write exactly what I need to do. A perfect example of my day to day life as a student would be going to class, doing about two-three homework assignments, studying my lecture notes, reading and highlighting my textbook, and lastly doing my chapter study guide. These are a few practices that helped me grow to become a successful student. Previously I had a lot of self doubt, and I was so hard on myself for not getting good grades. Now that I have developed these skills I now feel confident with my courses, and I also have time to enjoy my personal life.

Valeria from California
College Sophomore
west coast university los angeles