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

Writing my notes out is better than typing. Physically writing down my notes to study helps process the information better because you must read and write what you are going over. You have to think about what you are writing on the paper, so it makes sense later when you come back to it. Sometimes we can catch ourselves reading information and not processing it, so it helps to write it out. It also helps to write in colors or to highlight important information. The brain processes colors to help with memorization of what you are writing. This also helps organize the information to study. For example, I highlight keywords or important notes or words that I may not know that I need to look up later.
Making flashcards also help me. I use colored flash cards and black ink to help with memorization once again. I mainly use flash cards for definitions, but they could be helpful otherwise depending on the subject.
Repetition is key. After writing all my notes out and then highlighting if I need to, I read through what I wrote multiple times. I try to study this for about 30 minutes to an hour. After the 30 minutes to an hour is up, I take a 15 to 20 minute break to give my brain a chance to rest. This helps with not overwhelming myself and it helps prevent cramming information. Sometimes, I move on to another subject after my 15 to 20 minute break is over. Once I studied that information for 30 minutes to an hour, I take another break and go back to the subject I was studying before. Alternating between subjects helps me not get mentally tired. Sometimes when studying a subject for too long, we start to get tired, which can affect how we take in and absorb information. That is why I take breaks and alternate between subjects.
The last thing that helps me prepare for test is repeating the information out loud that I wrote down. This is also a good way to memorize information and absorb it.

Kayla from Arkansas
College Sophomore
Prairie View A&M University