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

Preparing for an exam is more than just knowing the material. Being stress free and relaxed are the keys to doing well. Practicing good selfcare, such as getting adequate sleep, exercising, and eating well will put you in the best test taking space. I study architecture and a good analogy I can use is your personal health being the foundation for a successful building; the building being your school life and/or career. Not only will you be better able to absorb the information during the coming days before the test, you will also be able to think more clearly when your life has structure.

A skill that I’ve also found helpful is being able to talk about the material on a test with someone who is not taking the class. Being a first-generation college student, I have to be able to translate my collegiate work into laymen’s terms when talking to my family. Being able to do this will give you a wholistic understanding of your studies.

I once attended a seminar titled: How to Get a 4.0. During the lady’s speech, she tested a memory exercise on the audience. She told us some long arbitrary tongue twister and had us repeat is back to her once right after her, again a minute later, and again an hour later at the end of the seminar. After sitting still for almost an hour it was surprising that the entire crowd had remembered the whole sentence in unison. She explained to us that the best way to remember something, is to repeat it once right away, again within sixty seconds, again in that hour, once again that day, and then once again that week. She advised that we should study class work right after the class, as that would be the most efficient time to expand and remember what we learned. After following this advice, I learned that I was able to retain much more information than I had ever imagined. I was able to remember more things and do more practice problems, because I didn’t have to reteach myself what I learned in class days earlier.

Ravyn from Pennsylvania
College Junior
University of Pittsburgh