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

Just as a hero carries a sword and shield with them when faced by a daunting foe, I have my own relic when preparing for a nail-biting test: a pack a gum. Now, this may be just an old wives tale, but a long while back I heard a rumor that chewing some flavorful gum while studying, then chewing the same flavor while "in battle" can increase your ability to recall the material you so desperately grasp for when the test is put in front of you. False or not, I still believe it does in fact have an effect on me; I start studying by reviewing my notes and previous tests that I may have had (that are still relevant, of course) and pop a minty strip of gum in my mouth. I focus really hard, and almost imagine putting the vital information in a filing cabinet in my head for later. This technique combined with the unique flavor dancing on my tongue somewhat lock the material in my head. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm probably one of the worst people at remembering things, they just fly in one ear and out the other, but somehow, when I do this mental placement of what I need to know, and seal it with a one-of-a-kind taste, when I'm sitting at my desk, nerves all over the place from the fear of failing, as soon as I chew some gum, and open that mental cabinet to peek inside - wham! Everything comes spiraling back almost like magic. But just remember, this "secret technique" isn't in fact magic, and definitely will not substitute for actually putting in the work, and going over you notes. Either way, good luck out there in the test-taking world!

Bailey from California
College Freshman
Columbia College Hollywood