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

A university student’s schedule can be incredibly busy, resulting in the student juggling multiple classes, a job, and extracurriculars. As a result, sometimes studying can be put on the backburner and cramming is the only option. Of course, this is never the ideal, but it is a very real possibility and an unfortunate reality. The best way to be prepared for a challenge like this is to understand that time is the most precious resource you have. When it is limited in this way, it is very important to allocate it as efficiently as possible. Studying doesn’t just have to be done alone, sitting at a desk. It can be done anywhere, or anytime (excluding during another class, of course. It is important to never sacrifice your attention for another class for the sake of studying). I usually have thirty minutes or more between classes, and I like to utilize that time to find a place to sit and look over my study materials. Flashcards are a very effective study tool for this kind of situation, because they are a compact resource that can be pulled out anywhere. In the evenings, when a student usually has more time to dedicate to their assignments and studying, I find I study best with others, because it allows me to bounce ideas and questions off my peers. After all, if I study alone, how would I know if I’m wrong about something? Studying with others in the same class also allows me to stay focused on my task. When studying alone, I am much more likely to step away from my desk and get distracted, while studying with others keeps me accountable. Studying can be a stressful activity, and any added time constraint on top of it only adds to the pressure. Efficient use of any time available is critical to a student’s success, and it helps to find others in a similar situation to study with. However, it is of the utmost importance that the student involved stays motivated and positive. Unmotivated studying rarely yields positive results.

Chandler from Tennessee
College Sophomore
Georgia Institute of Technology