Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
To start, I always take notes with pencil and paper because that helps the knowledge be properly stored into our long-term memory. I as well make sure to write down all examples the professor says in class, or the way they explain certain terms.
Once I am studying, I take out my class notes and the power point if provided. I use three color pens, one for terms, one for definitions, and one for need-to-know facts. Then I slowly start rewriting my notes, not just word-to-word, but really reading the notes. For example, I read definitions again, and if I don’t understand them, I look up another definition and example. Then those examples are written down in my second set of notes. I as well turn to the internet for more examples to help me remember concepts learned in class.
Once I am completed writing my notes again with the colored pens and more examples, I go through the notes and highlight the key words. If it is a recognition exam (multiple choice), the key words I highlight will hopefully be words that will jog my memory on the exam. On the other hand, if it is fill in the blank or short essay, I still highlight key words, but I as well explain terms to friends or family. Explaining concepts to others is known to help you learn and have a higher retention rate.
Once test day arrives, I just look over my notes once more in class and begin to put myself back into the environment I was in when I was studying. If you meditate, and really concentrate putting yourself back into the library or your room where you were studying, you are more likely be able to recall the information you studied.
Lastly, if you don’t remember an answer, don’t frown, smiling helps calm your brain and retrieve those concepts stored in your long-term memory.
Diana from Florida
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach