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

Preparing for tests is hard. Especially if you are a full-time college student with a full-time job like me. Your school will tell you that test preparation starts as soon as you know you have a test or exam but, I am here to tell you test prep starts as soon as your class starts. Classes are broken up into topics and your professor usually teaches one topic at a time. Each time you study a topic in class, make sure to take notes. Don’t write down every little thing, just focus on the main ideas and if your professor writes something on the board, write is down. If you have homework make sure to do it all. When you are home, actually open that book you paid all that money for and read aloud whatever chapter is relevant to what you are learning. At the end of each section, stop and ask yourself what you just read. If you feel confident move on; if you don’t, reread it. When you do this aloud, you seeing and hearing the topic and that is searing it into your brain. While you are reading, get your hands busy too. Pull out one of those brand new empty notebooks that you have neglected and write down any important vocabulary or key points.

If you are tired of reading, watch a documentary or educational video on your topic. Videos let you see and listen to your topic at the same time. If you are seeing a trend, you are right. When you study try to utilize as many of your senses as possible.

You’ve done all of your assignments, read your textbook out loud, questioned and answered yourself, as well as wrote down all of the important information that you need, so you should be great! However, if you want to add something to the mix make sure it is something you think is fun. Whether it is drills, or flashcards, study groups, or more videos, make sure is something you enjoy.

So what do I actually do to get ready for a test? Absolutely nothing. I have already effectively studied and learned the material, so a test is no big deal.

Andrea from North Carolina
College Junior
Western Governors University