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

Every class is different, and may require a variety of study methods. Here are a few that I've learned through trial and error. First, pay attention in class. Often times, a teacher will inform the class of what type of material will be on the test (reading, lecture, etc.). If the teacher emphasizes it in class, it is probably important.

Second, use study aids provided by the teacher or other students such as study guides and study groups. Flesh out the information on the study guide from your notes and textbook. If you're an audible learner, ask if you can record the lecture or study session. Then re-listen to it before the test. If a test is term or fact based, then making and reviewing flashcards may be helpful. Quizlet is a remarkable online study tool where you can enter the information then review it in a variety of ways.

Not every method will work for every test. For instance, a science class often requires an understanding of how different concepts relate to each other. I have found that for these types of classes the best study method is to crack the books and re-read the information. Re-drawing diagrams from the book can help increase your understanding. If you're struggling, find a study buddy who does well in the class.

Finally, here are a few tips to maximize your test performance. First, don't wait until the night before the test to begin studying. Cramming won't really help you. Second, know when to call it a night. You won't do well on the test if you don't get enough sleep the night before. Lastly, make sure you have eaten and that you are well hydrated before the test. If you don't feel well, chances are you won't do well.

Allie from Pennsylvania
College Junior
Bob Jones University