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

For many runners, a marathon is about personal goals. You run to push your limits and prove to yourself that you can do the distance. Maybe you want to raise awareness or be healthier. Whatever the reason, you mark it in your calendar during the months that lie ahead. When you want to slack off or give up, maintaining that motivation gets you through. For many students, a test is about also about personal goals. You take it to prove that you have learned the material and that you are qualified to pass. Maybe you aim to be the highest score or need the credit.
Whatever the reason, you mark it in your calendar during the weeks or months that lie ahead. When you want to skip a study session or cheat your way out of it, maintaining motivation gets you through.
Preparing for a test can put you at risk for stress. Like preparing for the 26.2 miles in a marathon, runners also have risks of injury. Having a training program, or a study plan in the student’s case, let’s you start small and early to gradually build up momentum, or knowledge.
Base mileage. Adding more miles to your weekly runs over time makes the mileage climb easier. For studying, adding 15 minute increments to your timely sessions will allow you to eventually study for longer.
The long run. Once in a while, runners should do a distance run so your body can adjust gradually to the marathon. For many students, taking practice tests is an excellent way of familiarizing yourself with sitting in a lengthy exam.
Practice. Runners and students alike need to practice, practice, practice. While runners do tempo runs and intervals to increase cardio capacity, students do flashcards to retain memory.
Rest & Recovery. Adequate rest and proper nutrition help prevent physical burnout at the day of the marathon. Getting a good night's sleep and allocating time to enjoy activities will prevent mental burnout.
Don’t try anything new on race day- no new shoes. Don’t load up on energy drinks. Eat simple and healthy. Don’t cram new information on test day- no new flashcards. Like runners who need to fuel their body, students need to fuel the brain. For runners and students, following the building blocks will make you stronger & smarter!

Vanessa from California
College Sophomore
University of Arizona