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

I think that the most important thing to remember when beginning to prepare for an exam is to give yourself time. Long term memory and repetition of course content is way more effective than studying all of the material only the night before. What I usually do is section out what I will be studying over a couple days. I will start the first day with only a section of the material and read over the material several times. The next couple of days I do the same things with the next sections of material. Then, the day before the exam, I set aside time to review all that I have studied and quiz myself right before bed. The day of the exam, I do not look at the material or there is too much information flouding my head and I get overwhelmed. On the days when I am studying only parts of the material, I will read through the material, take a break, come back and read it again, and then once more do the same thing, except that time leaving out information and trying to fill in the blanks. I believe this is a very effective process of studying. Students prefer different forms of studying, whether that be flashcards or just reading over notes. The latter is what I prefer, but it does not work for everyone.

Allie from Colorado
College Freshman
LIberty University