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

I learn information best when I write, speak, and think, in that order. When I prepare for a test, I begin by reviewing my notes and writing down all of the key points as they are in the notes. After I write down everything I need to study, I read my notes out loud, but change the words so that the same ideas are said in a new way, but they are easier to understand. Sometimes, the speaking part works better if I talk to somebody else. I have roommates and family members who are very willing to listen to be explain concepts to them. If I am short on people to talk to, I talk to myself -- the most important thing is getting the words out of my head and into the air. After I speak the information out loud, I take a couple minutes or an hour to think about the information I learned. This part can be done anywhere! Usually, I go on a run after studying. This helps me shake out my muscles and release any pent up energy. I do not listen to music while I run so that my mind can be clear and think of the most important things I have learned. I believe that the thinking aspect of my test preparation is the most important part. It is so simple, but incredibly effective. It helps me find the gaps in my understanding so I know what I need to review in my notes again. In addition, thinking about information helps me internalize it. When is comes to testing time, I am able to sit back and think about it all again, and it is much easier to retrieve from my memory.

Maggie from Virginia
College Freshman
Brigham Young University - Provo