Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
For math and science courses, practicing helps me more than anything else. Usually, a math or science textbook has practice problems in it I can use, and examples to walk me through the process of solving a problem before I attempt it on my own. Often, the instructor will have a practice test available, at least before the final, so completing a practice test familiarizes me with the content and lets me know what I need more work on before the test. I also feel more confident going into a test if I have taken a practice test, and the confidence alone helps reduce any test anxiety I may have.
For courses other than math and science, I rely on flash cards or similar memorization techniques. For Spanish class, I used Google Slides as flash cards, with one slide having a vocabulary word and the next having its English equivalent. There was the limitation of not being able to isolate the words I had more trouble with, but making them took less time and paper. I usually limit the amount of content on each side of a flash card, because memorizing a phrase or short sentence is far easier than memorizing multiple sentences.
Delia from Arizona
University of Arizona