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

Pulling an all nighter before a huge exam is not ideal, especially when generous amounts of coffee fuel an exhausted college student the next morning. This can be all avoided with the proper test preparation techniques, even allowing for a peaceful night of sleep before the exam and no cramming. How? One simple word can explain the technique: reviewing. As surprising as it can be this test prep technique has proven to be my favorite and best during my college career thus far. All that is needed is to review all of the notes for a class before a lecture and after a lecture with the new material. By constantly reviewing the information essential details from the class can be memorized and more connections can be made with material presented from beginning to end. Then, by having the material constantly reviewed, hardly any cramming needs to be done before the exam since the material is pretty well known. While this technique is rather simple with no special tricks, this has proven to be very useful and allowed me to maintain a 4.0 GPA in my first year of college. Not only is this technique useful for STEM fields, this can be applied to those in the humanities field as well. In the end, just a little review every day adds up and helps create a better understanding of the material presented in courses.

Brier from Iowa
College Sophomore
Iowa State University