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

I have found flashcards and note taking to be the best methods for test preparation. Flashcards allow me to understand new unfamiliar terms related to the subject of study, and note taking has allowed me to highlight important information throughout an assigned text. The best part about using flashcards is the ability to turn it into a game with someone else. They can read the definition while you assign the correct term and vice versa. The more challenging part would be to define the term in your own words, making it a harder game to play. Note taking is also beneficial to me because I paraphrase a lot of the notes and can typically pinpoint what information may be the most helpful for the upcoming test. It also allows me the ability to highlight key points without having to do it electronically on the workbook. Both methods have always worked well for me, but they become more effective when I'm able to be in a clear mindset. It's important to be in a relaxed environment so you can retain the information better. I have found sitting outside and enjoying the weather helps to clear my mind while I study, making the use of flashcards and note taking much more efficient.

Sarina from Pennsylvania
College Junior
University of Phoenix - Online