Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
In my psychology class, we learned how it is easier to relearn something that you once knew than it is to learn something for the first time. That caused me to change the way I prepare for exams. I personally do not learn a lot in lecture since the professors go over a lot of material in a short period of time. Instead, I focus most my energy on taking good notes. After class, I like to learn the material using my notes, the professor's power point, the text book, and other resources. That way I have a good grasp on the material before I even start to study. Then, during the weekend, I like to review everything we learned that week, so the material stays fresh in my mind. In the week leading up to the exam, I begin looking over my notes in my free time. While I look over my notes, I ask myself questions and try to answer them. Then, a few days before the exam, I start to do practice problems and then I zone in on the topics that I got wrong. After that, I usually feel confident in the material. If the professor releases old exams, I take them two days before the exam. That allows me to to reinforce what I got wrong the day before the exam, It also allows me get a good night’s rest before the exam. In my freshman year I did not get enough sleep which caused me to read the question wrong or miss a detail, which resulted in me answering questions incorrectly about things I know. This year, I made sure to get enough sleep and its benefits have shown.
I believe I have great test preparation practices because this method ensures that I know the material and is flexible, which is important for students. I just started using this method to prepare this year and I was able to see how my grades improved from last year. I did better in organic chemistry this than I did in general chemistry last year, even though organic chemistry is significantly more difficult. I will continue to use this method and I would recommend it to a friend.
Jason from Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh