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

Preparing for subject exams, quizzes and standardized tests are nerve-racking to say the least. The future of your education and subsequently your career can be in the hands of entry-level examinations. Throughout the years, I have developed skills, methods, and tactics to achieve optimal success while embarking on the journey of test taking. (1) Index cards. Index cards have been labeled as primitive as the world has entered the age of advancing technologies but I still find them the best method to use when learning new vocabulary, foreign languages, science concepts and other subjects. (2) Timing. I use a stopwatch to test how long it takes me to complete a practice exam. From there I use the time as a threshold to continue improving my timing so that when I take the actual exam I have ample opportunity to review my answers. (3) Exercise. Exercising is a good way to keep the creative juices flowing before exam time. I find that the best way to prepare for big exams is by taking care of "you" first. How can the test taker do well if the physical and mental health of the test taker is not well? (4) Study groups. In college I've found that teamwork makes the dream work. Many of my group study sessions have been a success because the intellectual conversations that my group members and I have replay in my mind during the exam, much like a rememberable social conservations. Students don't have to be gregarious to be in study groups; the will to achieve must be shared between group members in order for the study group to successful.

Jasmine from Maryland
College Junior
University of Maryland