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

Flashcards are the way to go! When preparing for testing, making flashcards are a great way to study and retain information. Re-writing flashcards help to retain information that you have previously recorded. They also allow you to test yourself. By starting on one side of a flashcard, you are able to test yourself on remembering the answer written on the other side. Whether paper note-cards or digital, flashcards are portable and can be made and used just about anywhere.
A good night's sleep the night before testing has been proven to improve a student's test scores. Cramming and stressing hardly ever works. Studying the night before is a good practice, yes, but all efforts go out the window if you do not get enough sleep. Fatigue and stress can greatly inhibit a student's performance. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep will provide leave the student well-rested and ready to tackle the day.
Eating a hearty and healthy breakfast right before testing is a no-brainer. Just like our body wakes up every day, our brains need to wake up too. Eating a well-balanced and healthy breakfast the morning of a test gives the brain all the energy and metabolism it needs to recall the information it has stored. A cloudy memory often results in failed memory recall, thus resulting in a student failing an exam. Last-minute cramming hours before testing without eating can too, result in failure.
These 3 practices have been beneficial for me before every test. Successful test practices can vary for everyone, but these practices are often common answers among students. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. Building a solid study habit is essential for every test taker, even if no two plans are the same.

Rene from Maryland
College Junior
Bowie State University