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

I believe that with regular class attendance, participation and the completion of required assignments, anyone can be adequately prepared for any type of test. However, I want to be more than prepared- I want to KNOW the subject matter.

I know that I can be easily distracted, so it has been my practice to sit "front and center" in class when I can. I also ask relevant questions so the professor knows that I am engaged and listening. I believe this can go a long way if a professor is waffling how to grade me, my assignments or tests. I also make an effort to review my class materials and personal notes on a daily basis so they are always fresh in my mind.

I've always heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." I'm not big on breakfast, so I cannot say that this is in my test prep arsenal. I do, however, believe that adequate deep sleep is an important factor in test performance. And as an 18-year old, I still need a lot of sleep. It's not enough to catch up on rest over the weekend. Studies show that teens should get between 8 - 10 hours of sleep per night. According to Dr. Dennis Rosen, M.D., in an article for Psychology Today, "Memory consolidation occurs during slow wave sleep, meaning that the different pieces of what we've learned during the day come together coherently so that the knowledge can be accessed when needed."

I'm not superstitious and don't go through strange routines awaiting the start of a test. But with the aforementioned preparation and some prayer, I am confident that I have done all I can to do my best.

Hannah from South Carolina
College Freshman
Converse College