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

I have never really been that great of a test-taker. When it comes time to study, I was always either distracted or was just un-motivated to actually sit down and highlight or read my textbook. One day it clicked; i need some advice and tips on how to effectively focus on studying without anything interrupting me. Here are some of my personal tricks that seem to really help me out.
1. QUIET!!- If you live in a college dorm, there is really no such thing as peace and quiet. The best place to study is obviously the library. Students who go to the library want the same peace and quiet as you do. It leads to way less noise and distraction.
2. NO ELECTRONICS!- I think we can all relate to the fact that our cell phones are easily the biggest distraction on the face of the earth. You see the notification pop up on your laptop or your cell phone and you are physically unable to fight the urge not to check who posted what on Twitter or Instagram. It seems as if it is a MUST that you reply to your best friend on Snapchat before you lose your 103-day streak. Turn. It, Off. We pay enough to go to school, so you should be able to step away from the gadgets. Shut your phone off, that's the simplest solution. But if you can't get yourself to shut it off, put it on "Do Not Disturb" or "Airplane Mode". Turn off the vibration or the obnoxious "Baby Shark" ringtone you have on your phone. Unless it is an actual immediate emergency, you need to find the strength in yourself to step away from social media.
3. SUPPLIES!- I find that highlighters and colored pens have turned out to be the best friends i have made in college. Whenever you are able to mark-up a textbook or print an article. DO IT. I also find that writing hand-written notes seems to be more effective. It sticks in my mind better when i have things written down in a journal or notebook.
4. PLANNERS!!- I personally wouldn't be able to live without my planner. I write down every assignment and due date in it, invest in one!!

Kayla from Massachusetts
College Junior
Rivier University