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

Whenever I have a big test coming up, I like to prepare for it by studying the content that I know will be on it. I prefer to study in a clean, quiet space, as I tend to get distracted when there is clutter and noise while I try to focus. I like to study in my room, because then I can burn a candle that I enjoy the smell of. I also like to open my blinds to study in natural light. When it's quiet, smells nice, and there is good lighting it makes studying relaxing for me. Some people study or take notes on their laptop, but I've come to learn that writing things down on paper sticks them in my mind more effectively. One thing that really helps me remember the content is writing it in different colored pens. I like using pink, blue, purple, green, red, and even sometimes glitter pens. Writing my notes like this makes studying more fun and I can use it as a creative outlet. Doing this also seemingly helps me visualize my notes and their information during the actual test. After colorfully rewriting the important information on loose leaf paper, I read over it carefully multiple times. On the actual day of the test, I like to eat a big breakfast to give me enough energy to focus. I go over my notes a couple more times and clarify any questions that could have come up with the professor before the exam begins. Talking to my friends who are also taking the test helps me to alleviate some of the nerves and anxiety I could have about it. However, I always make sure I go into the exam feeling confident in knowing the content being tested. Studying through rewriting my notes has always best helped me retain the information that has been taught. The best way to prepare for a test in my opinion is to make taking the test something to look forward to rather than to dread. By studying the content, I can use the test to show off my abilities to myself and others. In order to show off my abilities, I can't be unaware of what the test will be asking of me.

Cameron from Arizona
College Sophomore
University of Arizona