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

Throughout high school, I never really had to study as I have a relatively good memory and was pretty advanced in each subject. However, when I got to college, I really had to step it up and learn how to study, which proved to be pretty difficult! So far, here is what I have learned:
For me, I have to write down things to actually remember them! For every test I take, I make a study guide, flashcards, and then I also create a practice test based on the study guide and flashcards all in a random order. These help me as everything is handwritten (NOT typed) and I think the muscle memory as well as the reading, writing, and rereading of the materials really engages not only my brain, but also my body.
I do all of this about a week before each test so that I have seven days to go over all of the material and do not overload my brain. Throughout the week, I will bring the flashcards with me so that I can periodically quiz myself and insure that I am continuing to retain the information.
A day or two before the test, I will make two more practice tests in different orders and form the questions in different ways so that I am ready for whatever may be thrown at me on the test!

Jonnica from Texas
College Junior
Texas Tech University