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

I find what has helped me be the most successful when it comes to studying for exams for my classes is vastly different than what it used to be when I was younger. First of all, writing down all terms and definitions on paper instead of on flashcards has helped tremendously. I find that writing them before we start the chapter in class and then before the exam has been super helpful to remembering them. I also do a quick reread of the chapters the week leading up to the exam. If the teacher passes out a study guide, I find most, if not all, teachers, really do follow their study guides and I will go through my notes and the book to answer everything from the study guide to get a refresher that way as well. I also keep in close contact with the my teachers and make sure they know who I am, that way if I email them before a test with a question, they are usually quick with a response and very helpful. I attend class, missing too many classes puts anyone at a major disadvantage. In class, I sit at the front, I find that I have less distractions and I am more likely to participate, which I think helps me with remembering the material more as well. But, I also think you have to take into account that everyone learns differently. What works for one might not work for someone else. Repetition and participation works for me but flashcards and memorization may work for someone else. It’s always best to try different types of studying methods to figure out what style works best for you, but also different techniques may work better for different classes or even different styles of testing, whether it’s mutiple choice or an essay or knowing a formula. It took me a long time to find the studying method that works best for me, so if you are trying to find what works best for you, look at each style and try them all out until you find one that suits you best.

Lynzi from Ohio
College Sophomore
Cuyahoga Community College