Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Test preparations depends solely on the class itself and a persons learning style. One important thing that I have learned in my psychology classes though, is that studying should be spread out over a span of at least a week prior to the exam. When it comes to my classes, I find it best to start studying a week and a half prior to the exam and start by rewriting my notes, and summarizing lecture notes. After that, I write down key concepts for each chapter over and over again, and do the study guides. There are also so many resources available for my classes, at least at the University of Arizona. So I make sure to take advantage of the free tutoring, review sessions and office hours. I find it very beneficial to go to office hours because I get more one on one time, and it allows for the professor/TA's to elaborate more deeply on the topics I am struggling with. Another very important facet of studying is finding a good study group. Finding a study group comprised of people that are taking the class as serious as you are is really crucial because everyone understands each other and respects each other. Having a study group allows you to see things through someone else's perspective, which can help you furthermore comprehend the material.
Studying practices varies for everyone, it solely depends on the class itself, your learning style and the material being taught. I was able to figure out what studying tactics worked for me because I spoke with an advisor who personally helped me figure out what worked best for me. In conclusion, take advantage of all the resources available to you at your school, because they are very helpful, and don't be afraid to ask for help. It is important to have a growth mindset because it helps you be more open minded in figuring out how to change your studying habits.
Cassandra from Arizona
University of Arizona