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

The best method of preparing for tests is truly a unique process for each individual. This requires students to try various techniques, and employ the processes that warrant success. Many students have not developed a process that has consistently yielded excellent grades, which leads to many students to testing anxiety. My first year of college taught me a few simple tricks, which has helped solidify my study strategy.
It is critical to understand your material on a conceptual level. Mastery of material often involves repetition. In my personal experience, I am confident in my understanding of the material when I can explain it in its entirety. In other words, thorough preparation results in mastery of test material. Ultimately, gaining a real understanding and mastering the content is the first step to studying correctly.
Having enough time to study adequately also is another way to study correctly! Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to students making exceptional grades on their tests. Be sure to review material covered in class every day. This does not have to be an all-day affair, just going over what you learned in class 30 minutes every day would be a huge help because then you get the repetition that the brain needs to retain information.
Planned study breaks are also necessary when trying to study effectively. It is difficult to study while a student is tired because it will affect the quality of the study time. The amount of time one studies does not matter if there is no merit. Take breaks, and make sure you are attentive and focused while studying.
The final thing to do is to make sure you are not stressed. If you have made sure to understand what the material is going to be over, have given yourself time by studying every day, and have had adequate and purposeful study time, you will be prepared and will not have any worries. The day before the test, it should be a simple review session and then the student should get a full nights rest.

Juene from Texas
College Sophomore
Alabama State University