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

Although testing is nerve racking and anxiety inducing, it’s an important tool that allows teachers to observe the progress of their students. How the student prepares for the said test is crucial to their performance. I might not be the best test taker, but I have a few methods that have allowed me to score more than decently, and helped me to maintain a 4.0 GPA my first year in college. There are three steps- or more appropriately- stages in which I prepare for an exam. The first stage is the preparation for studying. It seems unnecessary & irrelevant to the actual material but it’s how I create a productive learning environment. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of material needed to study for an exam. To avoid this, I create a schedule of what to learn, what day to learn it, and how much time needed for that section. It eliminates the cluttered, overwhelming feeling of studying so much information in a small amount of time. Not only that, it also creates a definite studying plan so I can spend appropriate amounts of time on a subject. The second trick I’ve adopted might be more obvious than the others, but it helps with memorization and comprehension. Studying the same material, repeatedly everyday until the exam will allow the information to stick. Memorization is a key component in most exams. It’s easy to forget when reading over a paragraph once, but reading it today, tomorrow and the next will make it memorable material. Lastly, this method is neglected amongst students and is a large reason as to why students are so stressed: breaks. Take breaks by eating and resting, create a sound mind before moving onto another complicated subject. Studying back to back will make a student exhausted and won’t allow them to retain information. Breaks are necessary both between studying, and before exams. Overall, create a schedule to remove stress, study material repeatedly in order to retain it, & promote mental & physical health by taking needed breaks.

Chinelo from Texas
College Sophomore
University of Houston