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

There are a few test preparation techniques that I like to use, but I think that a lot of students do not use them! I am not sure if it is because they do not think that they will work, or they think that it is too much effort to go forth with these techniques. It all depends on one thing- How far will you go for your education?
One of the test preparation techniques that I use is notecards. Believe it or not, 8 out of my 10 college student friends do not use notecards. How I use them is I put the questions on the front of the card, and I write the answers on the back on the card. The thing is, I can use them interchangeably to study the questions. Here is a simple example just to give you an idea. Question- “Who was the first president of the United States?” and Answer- “George Washington”. I can always just look at the answer, and then I can try to come up with the question that was asked about that answer. It is much harder to do this than to just answer the questions!
My second test preparation technique is using Kahoot!. Kahoot! Is an entirely free application for smartphones that allows one to create timed quizzes with 4 answers to a question. This will force one to use logic and critical thinking to answer the questions in a fast-paced setting. I do not use quizzes that currently exist on the app for my studying, as the information may not be relevant or accurate for the class with a specific professor. Always make your own quizzes with your own answers. If you have a study group, use Kahoot! to make a gameshow out of your study material. Make two or three teams, depending on the group’s size. Whichever team gets the most points in the study session based on the question banks wins!
And this is really all I use for test preparation and studying (a goodnight’s sleep is also essential)! It is out of the box, and the Kahoot! Game Show is my favorite study technique! Out of the box is the best technique for studying, and both of these techniques fit the bill!

Kaitlyn from Florida
College Junior
St. Petersburg College