Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Like many of you out there, I am a huge procrastinator. So when it comes to test-taking, I don't have time to waste. Many learning styles have been identified; visual, auditory, physical, social, solitary, etc. I am definitely a visual learner, and no, that doesn't mean I can only use pictures or watch YouTube videos. The only successful way I can cram for a test (and pass, that is) is to review all pertinent material and physically write out everything that I think is important, usually in short, bulletin-style lists. Writing everything out on a separate paper gives my brain a second "reiteration" on the material, using the eyes to review important information without the "fillers". Who reads full text of anything anyway? I then go over the list multiple times, sometimes over 20 times, right up until 30 seconds to exam time. If it's something that is hard to remember or can be easily confused with something else, I make up acronyms or easy ways to remember things, just like good old "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" that we learned in elementary math class. Occasionally, I will take a highlighter to my list for a special touch. When it comes to social vs. solitary, definitely solitary, with an energy drink and chocolate to stay awake because the test is in 5 hours. Does group studying ever really work for anyone, anyway? I thought group studying was for coffee and pet/kid bragging. Does my preparation technique work? Yes, of course, especially for "visuals". Definitely got me through college! Sometimes you just don't have the time to be that better version of yourself that you planned to be before the school year actually started.
Yelena from Washington
Western Governors University