Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
This is a great question because everyone learns differently and studying is something that most people have the hardest time figuring out. I believe that my test preparation works for me and the proof is in my GPA and test grades. The first part of my test preparation is reviewing my notes and readings from that day. Then anywhere from a week to two weeks out from the test I start studying. Within the first 2 days, I'm usually organizing my notes, rewriting them, highlighting, and color coding topics. This really helps me get my thoughts in order with what's in the readings and notes. Then I'll make my own flashcards. That helps me with tests that are heavy on dates or vocabulary. When studying for me it is important to know when I'm just memorizing and actually learning the information, because it's really easy for me to memorize. By day 4 I usually have questions and will ask my professor to elaborate. Doing that often helps me connect and analyze the material better, and it also helps for me to talk things out. I use to second guess myself a lot so the extra confirmation from my professor helps me a lot. Finally, in the last days before a test, I quiz myself. This is where I find out what I still need to work on and put more of my attention to. I took me a while to figure out how to study, growing up I didn't have help my mom was always working and I am the oldest of my siblings so I had to figure it out on my own. I'm so glad I found a system that works for me because not only am I getting excellent grades but I love school too. Now that I am confident in my learning abilities I tutor other kids and students as well so they can feel as proud and confident in their successes in school as I do.
Soraya from Virginia
James Madison University