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

Beginning college was a huge learning curve for me. I was one of those students in high school that everyone hates because I never really had to study. Well, college was a solid wake up call, having to learn to study at 19 years old. My first semester of college, I got a D in calculus after so many nights trying to study until early hours of the morning. I didn't go to office hours, I didn't ask for help, I just suffered and thought I simply couldn't do math. So, here is my study advice for people like me who are adults having mental breakdowns because we never learned how to study and college is hard. My favorite study tip is to just go to office hours. Make the time. It's okay. I wouldn't let go of the idea that I had to be perfect all the time and do everything myself, but once I did it was absolutely life-changing. Professors are more than willing to help you. Just do it, trust me, it's worth it. I have also found that, as cheesy as it is, flashcards are everything for me. I would not have gotten an A in organic chemistry without them. I went through an entire package of those note cards in a single semester. Note cards are actually lifesavers and I promise you will never regret them. Lastly, even though I am the most introverted human on the planet, collaboration with classmates is so helpful when the professor's teaching style just isn't getting to you. Use Google Docs to take notes and then share with classmates. Help each other highlight the most important information and fill in any blanks and answer any questions the other person may have. It took me a long time to be able to admit that I can't get through college on my own and that I need help. Once I was able to swallow my pride and ask for help, it was one hundred percent worth it.

Amber from Massachusetts
College Sophomore
Northeastern University