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

Hi, My name Is Erika Arrington. I am 22 years old (legal drinking age) so my test preparation may be a little unethical to most. Most people need absolute peace and quiet to focus but for me it is the opposite. I actually need peace, music, a little wine cooler and to sleep on my work to help me study.
Firstly, I am a hands on type of person, I need to actually write, draw, and practice the information. While I listen to music, I sip on a wine cooler and study. Most people would think Im more distracted, but these things put together relaxes me and helps me focus even more due to it does not feel like I am doing work. I write out my definitions and diagrams on note cards to look over repeatedly, this helps build mental and muscle memory. I do practice problem workout packets that have the answers included step by step incase I must teach myself if I do not understand how the answer was derived.
Lastly, I sleep on it. Yes, I do mean literally sleep on it. When I have been studying for a long time and I feel myself getting sleepy, I take the handouts, book, notecards, etc., and place them under my pillow and I recite the information until I fall asleep.
In conclusion, peace, music, a wine cooler and sleep are the four items that complete my test preparation. They have yet to let me down. I successfully passed tests and acquire good grades needed from this method, even if it does seem a little unethical.
Thank you for giving me the chance to share my test preparation.

Erika from Pennsylvania
College Junior
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg