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

Preparing for tests, exams quizzes, etc. can be a major stressor. Ask any college student! The thought of sitting down for hours trying to memorize an A's worth of test information can be overwhelming for any student wanting to do well. Although studying may not ever be a student's favorite way to spend their time, there are a couple of tricks to make test prep pretty great!

1. Give yourself TIME
There's nothing worse than trying to cram in an entire exam's worth of information in one night the next day. Your brain needs TIME to fully absorb the material. If your test isn't for another week, start today and study bits by bits. If you try to cram everything in even a couple of nights before, your brain will be burnt out and not at the full energy level it needs to help you be on top of your game.

2. Make a PLAN.
This will not only help you to process information at a not so overwhelming rate, but helps your overall feelings of stress and anxiety. When you make a plan to give yourself sufficient time to prepare, you can walk in on test day confident that you did your part. That internal assurance can make all the difference compared to a student who second guesses themselves on every question because they know they haven't prepared. Making a plan also helps organize other assignments or responsibilities you may have from different classes. This avoids major conflicts you might find yourself being in for last minute studying.

3. Set the MOOD.
When it comes to actually internalizing what you've been taught in class, you need to know how your brain learns best. Whether it be flashcards, podcasts, videos, studying with a partner, every single student will learn in a different way. If you're not sure, try out everything! Use your school's resources and study groups. Don't try to do it on your own. If being in your room is too distracting, go outside. If you seem to get bored easily, put on some music to lighten the mood and put a positive light on studying!

Stephanie from Texas
College Junior
Brigham Young University