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

One of the things I like to do in preparation for tests and exams is to read over notes about three times at least once per day leading up to said exam. I am a very diligent note-taker so I take down detailed notes for almost every bit of important information the professor gives during the lecture so I can have them for future references, particularly if the professor mentions that this information will appear as a question on a test. I always open up a Google Docs document in every class, and just start typing when the instructor begins the lecture. I also make sure that I am paying attention to the information being given and am interpreting it properly instead of just typing mindlessly so I will understand it and get as much as I can out of it.

Before a test, I will often go to the library or another quiet place on campus and start reading through my notes repeatedly on my laptop and/or the computers provided there. I like to listen to music while I do so as well, as I feel it keeps me focused. When I am not at school, I often just sit in my room and read it from my desktop computer, and occasionally I will make print-outs for my parents to have so they can help me recite certain terms and/or definitions. I continue to do this at least 2 or 3 times a day for about a week, or until I feel comfortable enough with the information and I have memorized it well enough. So by test/exam day, I feel confident enough to get it done.

Connor from Maryland
College Sophomore
Howard Community College