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

My test-preparation regimen is probably a bit different and may not be practical for everyone but it was and still is helpful. I do not use this strategy for every class, as there are some classes that are so pitifully easy that it is unnecessary, but for those that one is not absolutely sure as to one’s ability to get an A, this strategy works. During the lectures I take notes, very brief notes based on whatever the professor talks about, whether or not I already know it. Then I try to remember the basics of what was discussed then apply it to the world. For example, if I was in a history class learning about Barry Goldwater I would take notes, but then seek to compare Goldwater to Reagan, or to the Tea Party movement. I try to draw connections that are easier to understand and applicable to the wider-world, as opposed to simply the class. After doing this for a couple times you can start putting more pieces into the giant puzzle, referring back to the notes when needed. Then when I heard of Margaret Thatcher I wonder and ask if her ideology was influenced by Goldwater. I think about how Thomas Dewey influenced Goldwater and how the Republican Party changed because of Goldwater, bucking the Eastern Moderate Republicans in the process and gaining the South. Then I feel like I have command of the knowledge and fell confident enough not merely to pass the test, but also to speak with authority as to Barry Goldwater and how he relates throughout history and the present. This same strategy can also be applied to all the social sciences and humanities with ease, although it is harder to implement for the sciences. However, it is thoroughly unlike many study methods used by my peers and it enables those who use to not merely pass the test, but talk with authority and conviction about the subject at hand.

Alan from Maryland
College Junior
University of Maryland-College Park