Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
In the past, I have struggled finding a test preparation practice that suites my way of thinking. I have taken countless advice from individuals younger and older than me, but nothing seemed to help me perform better than I know I could. Lately, I have found that when I study chunks of materials at a time and test myself, I am able to retain the information better. For example, I look over the material for an upcoming exam and then test myself with the objectives given to see how much I actually learned. Additionally, I read through a section of my coursework and write down all of the main ideas that I encounter in that specific section. After writing down the main ideas, I further condense the material into simpler terms that are quickly reviewable. Not only am I reviewing the material, but rewriting the information in my own words allows me to perceive what I really understand. Another test preparation practice that I find extremely useful is drawing pictures and writing flow charts. Personally, I am a visual learner and I learn the material considerably well when I see the information rather than reading it over and over in long paragraphs. For instance, the course I just finished involved many cellular pathways and negative feedback loops. Instead of trying to memorize the pathways and paragraphs of explanations, I drew each receptor, second messenger and effector in the pathway and comprehended why one affected the other. I also drew the picture and flow charts only in color, so I was able to associate a certain color with a certain mechanism or pathway. By drawing the information with colored markers, I was able to visualize the pathway while taking the exam. As a whole, test preparation practices that I find useful in order to succeed on exams are simplifying information into my own words and drawing out large pathways and ideas.
Kayla from Arizona
The University of Arizona