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

As a big test is approach, students tend to cram as much information as possible. We all know from news articles that cramming is ineffective. Yet, some students still believe last minute cramming will help them remember for the test the next day. You may do well on you quiz this week thanks to the last-minute cramming that you did. But what about the midterm two weeks from now? You would have to learn everything again as the midterm approaches because you don’t remember anything from the quiz. This is exactly why you should review and not study at the last minutes. In another words, most of your studying should be done within 24 to 48 hours after you learn the concepts in class. Granted that some people can learn the concepts faster than other, those who have a harder time understanding the concepts should definitely have follow-up study sessions as soon as possible. Now, there are many ways to study. When it comes to studying, I find active group study the most efficient. By active I mean constant questioning and explaining of the concepts. When you are engaged in a discussion, you force yourself to apply your knowledge into the conversation either to explain something or to dispute someone’s idea. The advantage of group study is you have more than one brain. If you don’t know something, your group-mates might have the answer to that. If not, everyone can work together to solve the problems. An effective group studying session needs to have at least one person who has questions and someone else who can explain the general concepts. If you still have no idea what was going on in the lecture, group studying would be a perfect chance for you to learn since your peers are explaining the concepts with more simplifications. Or if you think you already know the concepts, be the person that explains the concept to your fellow group-mates. By explaining in your own words, you can remember the concept even better and for longer time. It also acts as an understanding check.

Linh from California
College Freshman
University of California, San Diego