Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Depending on the subject and amount of material covered, I make a study schedule at least a week in advance planning to review groups of chapters each day as well as previous homework problems and review packets. Having a defined schedule motivates me to complete all the tasks for each day to stay ahead of the information. Refreshing myself on concepts and stumbling upon questions ensures I am not missing important details from the units. Approaching the assessment, I meet up with my study group to review the questions formed as well as create our own questions for each other. While studying yourself skimming notes can be somewhat helpful, your understanding of the material is tested once you discuss topics with other students in the class. I do not believe in night-before cramming since you will not have that deep understanding of the material as developed from immersing yourself in the material for a longer period of time. Finally, once the test day comes around, I focus on the confidence I have from preparing while keeping a similar pre-test routine. One of the most mentally important steps is beginning with a power stance, arms out and head high, right before the test to ensure yourself you are ready to do well.
Lindsay from Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh