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

As a music education major, I am always singing, playing an instrument, or studying music theory and history. My favorite way to prep myself for a test is to read or sing aloud. I memorize music this way for performances and juries and I find it very effective. To study for my non-music courses, I create songs or I read aloud the content as if I am reciting lyrics. When it comes time to take the test I can internally think of the tune, rhyme, or pulse. I've found that this is one of the most effective ways for me to study or prepare for any test because I am used to actively engaging both sides of my brain when I perform and practice my music. When I relate things to music my focus, engagement, and processing are better than when I try to study using flashcards and practice tests. This might even be because I have found a way to enjoy studying by relating to what I love-Music.

Kara from Kansas
College Sophomore
Baker University