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

While preparing for a test can definitely be one of the most stressful things to do in college, the first thing to do is to relax and give yourself plenty of time to study, maybe a week out or as early as your other school work will permit you to do so. The next thing I do is try to narrow down what information is the most important structures of the test, by either looking through notes or simply talking to my professor about it. I tend to re-write my notes in a more understandable way, as most notes in class are written down quickly and might not make full sense until looking at key words and going through the chapter in the book. When I re-write the notes, I like to write in blue ink or bright, colorful ink in general because studies show that it helps to retain more information and you are more likely to remember it in a stressful situation, such as a test. Note cards are your best friend when it comes to testing yourself on knowledge whether it be vocab words or equations that will be needed to use on the exam. After getting down the main foundation of the information, I go into details. Why things are the way that they are. I’ve noticed that the more I try to understand why and not just memorizing verbdom, I tend to do much better. This way it won’t matter on a written test what way it is worded; I have a better overall understanding to make a more informed conclusion. The night before or two nights before the test, I try to go through and do all the homework without any outside help and if I know everything then awesome, but if not, here comes an all nighter to make sure this information sticks. While that may not be the best method for most, I tend to function well without sleep. I tend to not sleep if I’m really worried thinking I don’t know everything.

Alexandria from Michigan
College Sophomore
Grand Valley State University