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

Preparing for a test or exam can be a daunting task. I have found that the best way to start preparing for a test is to do it as early as possible. In plenty of my classes, I have found that teachers often give dates for upcoming exams. Usually, I will use a calendar that I see every day to mark down the date of the test as soon as I learn of it, whether it be in the syllabus or asking the professor directly. Then I will usually set aside every day three weeks before the exam 30 minutes to 45 minutes a day dedicated to gathering questions and going over notes and homework. At the beginning of this week, I will usually set up an appointment with my professor, to further discuss the expectations and any questions that might have come up over the last week of studying. A lot of times students are afraid to address professors, but they are the best resource to communicate with because they are the ones writing and grading the test. Then the following week, I continue with the study session lasting about 30 to 45 minutes a day but include the new content that I am learning from the class being taught that week and continue having communications with the professor over questions and expectations. Now the week of the exam, I will typically take a day out of the weekend to communicate with other students in the class with a study session lasting around 2 to 3 hours. I prepare some questions and look for additional questions to test myself and my classmates. Then the few days before class I continue with the 30 to 45 minutes of studying. Then the night before the test, do my studying early and do a relaxing activity such as meditation before going to bed to ensure a good night’s rest. I have found that consistent studying over a period beats having only a few long study sessions. It is like the tortoise, and the hare, slow and steady will allow you to learn and remember more while waiting until the last moment will not allow your brain enough time to process new information.

Katlyn from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
University of Pittsburgh