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

There may not be one right way to study for a test, but these are my test preparation techniques that I use that seem to be effective for me. If the professor has uploaded an audio/video recording of their lecture, I will often refer to it and take additional notes. When studying for my literature exams, I will listen to some easy listening, slow guitar, or piano music from a variety of playlists found on Spotify to help me focus on the texts I need to review. I also write several pages of notes in a physical notebook. Writing it on paper seems to be more effective for me than typing it on my computer. I believe it’s the physical action of moving and writing, working with your hand and eyes, both kinetic motions that seem to help the brain retain information. Also, to help that process, when I’m at home, I will stand up from my seat and pretend to give a lecture to a class as though I am the professor. I will practice and repeat my “lectures” to better grasp the subject matter. This form of repetition helps me understand what I’ve studied, find gaps in my knowledge to address later, and perhaps discover new concepts or themes to apply to my studies, as well as the academic essays I write, or for timed written exams. I also give myself a mental break by ceasing all studying around 6 or 7pm, unless I absolutely need to keep going, to do other activities, such as play Tetris. By doing this, I allow the brain to relax and naturally parse the information studied. Come the next morning, I arrive to campus earlier to review as much of what I’ve studied as I can, as well as my notes, to solidify the foundation of what I studied. This helps boost my confidence as well. Having scored all A letter grades these past few semesters, I believe my techniques have definitely helped me. Most of all, these forms of studying are fun and enjoyable to me, making it more productive.

Enrique from Arizona
College Junior
University of Arizona