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

Studying for tests can be nerve-wracking when you're in college, however, not having been in college in nearly 20 years, it can be very intimidating. I am starting a Bachelor's degree in Psychology after working for the last 20+ years. When I was in school for my Associate's Degree, it seemed less scary due to having just graduated from high school. When I was in school, whether it was high school or college, my test preparation consisted of being in a room, by myself, with the content that would be on the test. I focus the best with light instrumental music on, as it helps me concentrate without my thoughts wandering to every other topic. As a 40-something adult, who has been diagnosed with severe depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and general anxiety disorder, I plan to implement the same test prep study habits I had as a younger me. Being able to focus purely on my studies and not on the environment around me, or the thoughts in my head, is essential for me to succeed and finally get a degree! I want to make myself, and my family proud, by finally finishing a degree, and showing myself I am truly capable of anything. Thank you for this opportunity! Best of luck to all participants!

Karen from Michigan
College Sophomore
Cornerstone University