Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
My biggest trick is simply attitude. I know it seems easier than it seems, but the phrase "Attitude is Everything" truly works wonders. If you go into the classroom with somewhat of an ego before the test, you're probably going to do better than you think. Self doubt is one of the reasons why students get more questions wrong; not because they didn't understand the question rather than them changing their answer because they started second guessing their answer.
Another trick that I use is flashcards. Flashcards seem tedious at first, but repetition can help immensely with memorization. This method plays into the 10 times philosophy; if you see/write something down 10 times, you're more likely to remember it. As a nursing student, flashcards are the best way that I memorize illnesses, diseases, and most detailed; medication.
Lastly, my most important test preparation hack that I use is, time management. Once again, I know it's easier said than done, I get it. Being able to work full time and go to school full time is something that takes a toll on a person, but if you plan out your studies along with your busy schedule, it becomes a routine. Buying a planner with hour inserts can help you as a student tenfold.
At first it seems a bit OCD planning every hour of every day, but isn't that what you want from a future nurse? As a patient, wouldn't you want your nurse to look after every detail of your care? To not miss the "little things"? Being a nursing student, we have to be on the top of our game at all times. We have to be ready for that pop quiz and that final. Test taking was one of my downfalls as a student before, however, ever since I've implemented attitude, flashcards and time management into my daily routine, my test scores have sky rocketed.
Sierra from California
West Coast University