Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
First and foremost, my studying takes place daily in the classroom. Diligent note-taking and the attendance of office hours has allowed me to slowly gather information for years beyond my exams. Additionally, I always join study groups a few weeks from the testing date to brainstorm study questions, which are then answered as a group via a shared online document.
Lastly, I review any posted podcasts of lectures, as well as reading end-of-chapter summaries from the textbook, make flashcards (if applicable), re-do homework assignments, and read any extra materials posted by the professor.
My two largest pieces of advice for college students:
1.) Be sure to utilize any practice exams to their full potential. Answering the questions and grading yourself is a valuable resource at the start and end of a study session to make sure your studying is effective. Additionally, it reduces the chance of being surprised when the finals/midterm roles around.
2.) Hand-write your notes, and use a highlighter to denote any confusing area to bring to office hours and exam review sessions.
Elizabeth from Oregon
University of Oregon