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

Oftentimes preparing for a test can be stressful. There are a lot of things covered in each course and picking what to study or how to do it might be challenging. I have different methods for each area, but there are a few strategies that can be used for every test. The most important factor is time. How much time do I plan to study? When is the test?
If I have a lot of time to study, I make flashcards. Flashcards are a good way to prep for tests because they allow me to quiz myself and recall a lot of information. I color code my flashcards based on a topic. If I am going to take a biology test covering photosynthesis, the cell cycle, and bioinformatics. I would write the ones regarding photosynthesis in blue, the cell cycle in purple, and bioinformatics in green. As I quiz myself, I would set aside the ones I got incorrect. In the end, I would see which color I had most trouble with and I would go back and re-read any notes for that chapter. When possible, I draw little pictures that relate to whatever is on the flashcard. For example, if the flashcard is talking about Abraham Lincoln I might draw a top hat. If it is about J. J. Thomson, I might draw the plum pudding model. Drawing little images can often be helpful because it gives a visual rather than just words.
Whenever I have a limited amount of time to study I take practice tests. I prefer practice tests created by professors, but there are some websites that offer some handy practice tests. Practice tests can allow one to know how well they understand the material and can help to get an idea of what the actual test may be like. Many people -including myself- get nervous when taking a test. Having an idea about what will be asked can help reduce that stress. Although the questions won’t be identical, I at least have a basic understanding on what types of questions I should expect.
To reduce distractions when testing, I like to get a good amount of sleep the night before and eat good the day of.

Nelcit from Florida
College Sophomore
Hillsborough Community College