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

When it comes to test preparation, I use many different strategies to prepare myself. I first began with planning study time. I am currently in college, so it's difficult to plan time out and making sure everything that needs to be done, gets done. It's important to set aside regular time to study for the material that will be on the test. I recommend using a planner or term calendar to schedule what time is best to prepare for the test. Another strategy that is important when preparing for a test is to avoid procrastinating. Students often love to wait to the very last minute to cram the test material. Procrastinating is bad for the brain because you sacrifice sleep to study. I always try to study early because giving yourself enough time to study is the most important preparation practice a student can do. Another practice I like to do before taking a test is talking to my professor and asking for direction about the test. Professors or teachers make their tests all different types of ways. If it's a multiple choice test, than one may want to study a certain way. If it's a test that is fill in the blank, one may want to study a different way. Never be afraid to approach your professor or teacher with these question about the exam or test. On test day, be sure to go to the restroom before the test begins. A lot of professors won't allow students to leave class during a test. To avoid this distraction to your concentration, take care of all of this before the test begins. The last test preparation strategy is to arrive to class early on the day of the test. I do this on test days because often other students are there early as well asking the teacher questions about the test. This gives you a chance to ask last minute questions about the test too. All of these test preparation practices will for sure help a student out when it comes to a big test day!

Alexsia from Virginia
College Sophomore
Old Dominion University