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

Test preparation is unique to each and every person, no two people are the same. A method that works for me may give someone else a good idea of what will work for them, but they will only take bits and pieces of your method. When I'm studying for a test, I go about it somewhat the same way that I go about memorizing a speech, just with more content than what's on the paper. I start out at the very beginning, and read over and over, truly reading it and not just skimming. I memorize the details, and then I start repeating what I just read in my head. Then I say it out loud, over and over again, without looking at the paper. For the classes that I'm in, simply memorizing doesn't work. So, when I read about a concept and memorize it, I then watch videos on it, and draw the concept. This is the portion when I try to understand what I'm reading. Then I go through the process of memorizing my drawings, drawing it, then going over the steps, saying the steps in my head, and then saying the steps out loud. Each time I memorize a new concept, I go back to the old concept and restate it. Once I have a concept memorized and feel comfortable, I drop it from the list of what I've been repeating. After all of this, I go through my teacher's practice questions. I go through this until I have gone through all of the material. For me, this process of repetition, drawing things out, and taking the time to understand them, slowly working my way through all of the material, is what works for me. No one truly understands the human brain, so I can't say why it works, I just know that it does. When I take my time, I can picture my drawings and what I have read.

Megan from Oregon
College Freshman
Clatsop Community College