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

Proper test preparation is the best way to make it through any subject. No matter how hard the course, having an effective prep strategy is key for success. For me, it is teaching others the material out loud. I have always had problems comprehending material solely based on reading and doing flashcards. Even on exams it is sometimes difficult for me to understand questions when reading them in my head.

Usually, it is me teaching my boyfriend (not in any science based classes) the material to my science based courses. Then I go to my friends in the study group and try teaching them any topic we're covering an exam. This gets my brain thinking of different approaches to the material so they can understand which in turn helps me understand more. I'll draw maps on the white boards explaining the material or show videos to better help them understand. I basically look like the crazy conspiracy theory guy drawing conclusions on the chalk board. Let me tell you though, it WORKS. After that study session, all of us come out knowing the material a little better and even more important, we get better exam grades because of it. It may not always be As, but we get what we put forth.

Porsche from Arizona
College Sophomore
University of Arizona