Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Another characteristic of the neurons is that they are triggered to be more active by new experiences. Using this information, I recall memories associated with the material from class and my notes in novel locations and always choose a different seat in the library when studying before a test. This characteristic is also the reason why I love study groups. New members to the group and new experiences with old members, help fire more neurons and lengthen the memory chain of the material I am reviewing.
One last strategy I use is called anchoring. When I am having difficulty recalling certain material, I review it while touching a specific body part. Then during the test, when I find a question related to the challenging material, I touch the same body part and the same neurons that fired while studying are fired again and the information is recalled.
Overall, by learning about how memories are formed I was able to create scientifically backed test preparation practices; these strategies have greatly increased my recall and results.
Patrick from Connecticut
University of Arizona