Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I try to be multifaceted- I know foremost that repetition is key, so I often sit down and read my book on three separate occasions before the day of the test. I have a strong memory, but just reading is not enough. If it's a writing class, I go over the potential prompts that could be on the test and write a bullet-point outline for each one. It's important that I don't actually write practice essays- for me, it would lead to a fatigue of sorts. When it comes to the test, it's better to have an idea of what you're going to write to kick your brain into high gear, but not exactly what you're going to write, because you'll feel like you're repeating and you won't give it as much as you could. With quantitative classes, on the other hand, I always do as many practice problems as I can, and most importantly go to my professor's office hours to work on any problems I can't solve. I try to do this in advance of the test because the office hours are often swamped the day before!
Filip from District of Columbia
The George Washington University