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

For me, I prepare for tests in the same ways each time, usually. If there are study guides made available to me, I obviously fill them out and I study them often. When I am studying from study guides I like to study in a quiet environment, usually with soft music playing. I like to play music because it oddly keeps me focused. However, for some people, it is distracting and not everything works for everyone. I make sure to keep my phone on silent and faced down away from me so that I am not distracted. This is usually my preferred method of test preparation, but for my Spanish class, I like to make notecards. When I am trying to learn new Spanish words, I write the word in Spanish on one side, and the word in English on the other. I first go through the cards by saying the Spanish word and then looking at it in English. Then, I start to look at the Spanish word and come up with the English word without looking. Finally, I do the opposite and look at the English words and come up with the Spanish word. Doing multiple different versions of studying helps to really drill the information into my head. Also, no matter what class I am preparing for, I like to review the information in the morning, or even right before the test, no matter how confident I am in my knowledge. I think it is important not to get over confident and assume that you know everything that you will need to know for the test. As I stated, even though these methods work for me, they may not work for everyone and it's important not to get discouraged if certain techniques are not working for you. Everyone has to use the trial and error method when figuring out which practices are suitable for them.

Taylor from Illinois
College Sophomore
Highland Community College