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

When it comes to studying for a test, no matter what the subject is, the best technique is to grab a buddy. The buddy system is crucial to helping me get an A because not only do they provide you hours of company while studying, the comradery of feeling like you’re not alone boosts the confidence on another level. I am a 28-year-old college returning college student and while I like to assume my life experience of perspective help me in my studies, there’s nothing like the good-old-classic system of using flashcards and having that buddy read out the questions and answers to you. Physically reading the questions out loud is massively important to the cognitive functionality of remembering anything. When it comes to remembering something important, I like to give the terms relative names because when it's entertaining, I’m having fun and that makes it easier for me to learn; the process of studying doesn’t seem so bad and I actually retain the information. For example, my current art101 class is jam-packed with so much information about classic art and artists and the different techniques they used. For example, Giotto Di Bondone was an Italian Renaissance artist who was essentially known for painting circle haloes under people’s heads. In my opinion, Giotto kind of sounds like apple and haloes are in the shape of a circle which is also in the shape of an apple so when it came time to recognize his paintings, I thought of an apple. I try to find similarities in relativity to what I’m learning. I think it is essential to use the buddy system for flashcards because now that I mentioned apple, my buddy can also use that pattern and it makes learning fun. There is such a big stigma that there is way too much information to learn and retain all of it and while sometimes that is true to overload yourself, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as many can make it out to be.

Shelby from California
College Sophomore
orange coast college