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

Finding the right time and place to study is difficult when there are many things going on in someone's life. Many students are full- time college students and have part-time or full-time jobs. It becomes difficult to balance work and school along with other obstacles. I fall into this category. As a full-time college student and part-time worker, I often find myself struggling to fit in studying and doing homework in my schedule. However, I have learned to manage myself in a timely manner. Time management is key and the best way to do this is to set a schedule for yourself. First, I take into account the days I have off from work and try to dedicate those days to study. I try to look at how much material there is and estimate how many days it will take to study that material before an exam. Writing down the exam dates beforehand is a helpful way to keep yourself organized. There are many methods one can use to study and prepare themselves for an exam. I have different methods depending on the class and type of material provided. I personally make study guides, flash cards, and highlight important notes regarding the topics. Watching videos also helps obtain information easily. These methods help me depending on the class. For example, for science classes such as Biology, I watch videos, go over the slides, and draw diagrams over and over to help me memorize them. As for language, I took Italian, and making a study guide with the notes provided by my professor has made it easier to succeed in the class. For one of my business classes, we were given vocabulary words and we had to memorize the definitions. Making flashcards on Quizlet for this made it successful to pass because on Quizlet, not only are you given flash cards but it also lets you take practice tests which would give you an idea on what you should study more on. Studying became easy to me when I had a set schedule, picked a method that worked best for me depending on the class, and studying a week before

Julissa from New York
College Junior
Stony brook University