Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
When taking notes, I write very neatly. This not only ensures that I can read my notes, it makes conjuring up a mental image of the notes a lot easier because they were visually pleasing to study. I often jot down a rough version of notes during lectures, then rewrite them neatly afterwards. Writing down the same words twice helps me retain the information. I also organize information into color coded main points and subpoints. Organizing my notes into color coded main points, subpoints, and sub-subpoints is another strategy that helps me to visualize all the facts that were taught about each topic. For example, if a test question asked to which phylum mushrooms belong, I could visualize the word ‘mushrooms’ and know it was written in purple along with the words ‘phylum basidiomycota.’ With that I could answer the question.
Taking notes and studying from them isn’t the only way I prepare for exams; I also utilize online practice quizzes. Whether the practice quizzes are from the course textbook or an external website like Quizlet.com, I find it useful and stress reducing to answer some practice questions before exam time. Practice quizzes allow me to make mistakes and learn from them, so that I won’t make the same mistakes on the real exam. Sometimes I even get lucky and see the same exact question on both a practice test and a real one.
Taking neat and precisely organized notes as well as making use of practice quizzes has helped me to maintain a GPA of 3.94 after two years of college. I believe these test preparation strategies are very well suited for visual learners like me.
Nina from Illinois
Colorado State University - Global