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

There is a study plan that is scheduled four days prior to taking the exam. Four days prior to the exam, one should consider what topics they will be tested on. After this is determined, one should take note of what topics need reviewing. Three days prior to the exam, the selected topics should be briefly reviewed. At this stage of the study plan, it is a good time to make flashcards and create or find practice tests. Two days prior to the exam is when the bulk of study time should be spent. This is the time to rigorously go through flashcards and practice tests, and if needed, reading through notes and texts. The day before the exam should simply be a brief review. One should look back to the list of topics that they will be tested on and briefly study what is needed.
I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before discovering this study plan, preparing for a test was extremely overwhelming. From what I saw on TV shows and from observing and listening to others, it seemed that I was supposed to spend hours upon hours going through notes in order to prepare for an exam. Due to my attention deficit, this simply was not a realistic goal, and more often than not, I did not study at all. I was taught that there was only one method for studying, and because I was not able to use that method, I felt a failure and often performed poorly on exams.
Spending hours and weeks studying was not a realistic goal for myself. But spending 10-30 minutes a day was attainable. Two days prior to the exam, when the majority of studying is performed, I allowed myself to have breaks. This made spending an hour or two studying an attainable goal as well. While this method may not be suitable for everyone, I have found it to be extremely effective.

Stefanie from Indiana
College Sophomore
Western Governors University