Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
1. Take your own notes. Write the information in your own words to make it your own, and easily understandable - break the information down into something memorable. For example, if you need to memorize a list, create an acronym, or if you need to memorize a person with an achievement or concept, find some way to connect the two.
2. Write practice questions to yourself after each section. As you read, write down little questions here and there to test yourself to make sure you retained what you read. There's always a practice exam in the back of the book, but you're reading a ton of information - don't rely on just the practice exam to test your knowledge, it's only a sample of what you're going to find on the actual exam.
3. Find a study buddy. It can be a friend, a family member, or someone online, but create some kind of study system where that person (or people) can help to quiz you on what you learn. You'll retain information much more if you share it with others, because it makes it immediately relevant to you and thus easier to recall.
4. Give yourself plenty of time to study. I'm not just talking a few hours a night, every day of the week, I mean plot out your exam at least several months in advance. These are entire learning plans you're going over - give yourself time to really make sure you know everything before you go into the exam.
Rebekah from Colorado