Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
When studying for exams, I like to maintain a balance between what is called active and passive studying. Passive studying takes more time and is usually done individually. Active studying is usually "hands-on" and involves active practice with exam prep materials. To passively study, I quiz myself using flashcards I've created and I read through my notes from class. I mainly use passive studying when I need to commit information to memory, or for multiple choice questions. I use active studying much more often. My prep practices include testing myself with practice tests, discussing study material with a study group, asking my professors questions during office hours, and annotating text. Active strategies have proven more effective when I need to understand key subjects, make calculations, or answer conceptual questions on an exam. For every hour that I study using active and passive strategies, I take 5 minutes to stretch or get a snack, then I get back to work. It is important that I stay physically ready for an exam as well as mentally prepared because being recuperated keeps my mind alert and active during an exam.
Ti'Lar from California
Loyola Marymount University