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

Throughout high school, I can say that I was able to get through without much studying. Having the ability to look over the material once or twice before the test, this mindset will not get you through college. I had to do a complete 360 of my mind once I entered my collegiate years. It took a few months to figure out what method would help me become successful, and I believe that I have found a form of preparation that can evolve for most classes. The first step I do is taking my notes from each class session and adjusting the content to where I can understand it. This usually entails me adjusting the language to words that I would use in my every day vernacular. This helps to put difficult topics into a context that I can personally understand. After rewriting my notes, I then would read over my notes twice before I take care of any other assignments I must do. This gives me the opportunity to get a better grasp of the subject. Towards the end of the day, I look over my notes one last time before I go to sleep. What makes this one different is that I will read only part of notes, and rely on my memory to finish the rest or fill in the blank I have given myself. For areas where I am weak, I will highlight those areas to key in on them later on.

Wendell from South Carolina
College Junior
University of South Carolina Upstate