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

Every student knows the stress taking a test brings on. There are so many factors that go into taking a test, not including the different types of exam formats out there. I have been taking tests since I started school, and have taken the majority of exam formats there are. I have taken tests given by my teachers, standardized tests, college entrance exams, and now college midterms and finals. I have tried many of the practice methods out there, but there has been only one that consistently produces good results. That is, what I call, the proactivity method.
The proactivity method is comprised of using the full-time alotted for studying, so when it comes time to take the test, the student is not overwhelmed. This method is almost a complete cliche, which teachers and parents everywhere have promoted. Even so, it is a method I have found that is not used and is extremely underrated. Personally, I never cared much for this method until senior year of high school and found so very useful this past year in college.
The way this method works is by breaking down everything the student has to study. At the end of the school day, they should rewrite their notes, or review the notes and work done that day, and do so every day until the day of the test. This will help break down the overwhelming amount of material that needs to be learned by test day, rather than learning or reviewing it all in one or two days. While doing this the student can use this review time to go over their study guide or make one. They complete a few sections per day and will have completed it by the day of the test.
This method is used and produces better results versus the usual day before the test cramming. Cramming has been proven to not work, and actually confuses and overwhelms the student even more. One's brain cannot process that much information in such a short amount of time and results in only remembering little to none information. Therefore, using all your time is ideal.

Dennise from California
College Sophomore
California Baptist University