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

Preparing for an exam encompasses many strategies which require the use of tact. The first step is to read the text covered during the lecture before it is discussed in class. That way during the lecture, you are not surprised by new terms or concepts which you are not familiar with.

The next step would be to take notes and ask questions during the professor’s presentation. I like to record the discussion with a program that converts the audio to a text format, which can then be read or played back when you begin reviewing what you have learned before you are tested on it.

After that, I tend to set up a study group and go over any problems I have trouble with. If I am still having issues with a concept or problem after a study group, I will then visit the professor during her/his office hours. Next is to find out what I will be tested on in a given module. Sometimes I will just ask the professor and see if I am given any answers or hints as to what I need to focus on. I will then make note cards and make sure that I am prepared.

All while learning and preparing for the test, I will consume certain foods/drinks which enhance cognitive function and focus (i.e Neurosonics or FocusAid supplement drinks). I will also listen to binaural frequencies on my mp3 device, which enhance concentration and block out distracting sounds . If possible, I will also listen to these sounds during the test or use ear plugs if not allowed.

These strategies and techniques I use to prepare for exams have been learned throughout my educational career. Mostly, these methods have come from my background in Neuroscience and the books I have read on studying approaches. Since, I have obtained awesome grades and have tested into the Harvard Extension School. I am a Phi Theta Kappa member and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pueblo Community College, while residing as an inpatient at the Colorado Mental Health Instiute at Pueblo.

Jacob from Colorado
College Junior
Harvard Extension School