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

Over the years, I have tried various studying techniques and strategies: flash cards, power points, YouTube videos, tutors, study groups, taking notes, and many others. What I have found to be the most helpful in achieving test taking success, is a small combination of said techniques. I begin by reading the "What you should learn within this chapter" bulletin points at the beginning and the "Summary" portion at the end, to get a general sense of what the chapter is about, while also taking notes of those various bold points to allow my brain to prepare for what is necessary. As I read and come across difficult material, I go back and read it multiple times, looking over highlighted notes taken during the read. Once I believe I have grasped a basic understanding, I verbally "teach" aloud, as if I am leading a study group. If I find that comes with some difficulty, I then read the points and my notes again. If that does not suffice, I watch YouTube videos. Accredited videos on YouTube, has become an extremely valuable resource when it comes to learning, and I use it as much as I am able. I do, however, compare the information taught in the videos with the information taught in my class, making sure as to not venture far off my professors intended lessons. When I am successfully able to orally regurgitate the material, I form a group with other likeminded students who are as motivated about comprehending the material as I am. At this point, the retained information is solidified in my brain to where I am able to pass tests with little to no struggle.

Andrew from Oklahoma
College Sophomore
Tulsa Community College