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

In regards to test preparation practices, I did not need to worry about them much when I was in high school because I retained knowledge easily, but as I came into college, I realized that I was going to have to learn some.
One of the very first things I do when I have a test coming up is, NOT STRESS ABOUT IT. I learned pretty quickly that stressing yourself out about a test, or quiz, is one of the worst things that you can do. If I have more than three days to prepare, I cut myself some slack and pretty much just ignore the fact that it exists because I have really bad anxiety. My anxiety will make things worse if I am sitting around, attempting to study, but not retaining any information for a test that is a few days away.
When a test draws closer, i.e., the next day, or the day after, I tend to get a bit more anxious, and I will take a look at the study guide (if available), to see what it is that I need to have remembered. Study guides and self-written notes are both things that, although should be really useful, to me, are not. I use them the day before tests just to “refresh” my memory, or to recap on small things that I may not have understood while jotting them down.
The day of tests are obviously the most stressful and uncomfortable times, which is why I highly recommend not stressing out for days in advance. If I have a test before noon, I will simply wake up early, do my normal routine (shower, makeup, coffee, bagel), head to class, and use the spare ten minutes I have before class to review my notes one last time. In high school, you were taught to eat breakfast and study before tests, but my number one recommendation is to NOT CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE. Changing up your morning or “pre-class” routine is probably one of the worst things you can do before a test because what if breakfast makes you sick? What if not taking a shower to have more study time makes you tired? You can never know what would happen by mixing your plans up.

Alexis from Oklahoma
College Freshman
Northeastern State University