Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
To achieve both of the above processes, I am a visual learner, so writing out main ideas and connecting them together in the form or a web, or using color-coding to identify key trends or concepts is most effective for me in regards to not only taking notes, but reviewing them later on in preparation for midterms or final exams. On a more practical level, getting enough sleep the night before and NOT cramming is another effective method I’ve learned through experience. Cramming would only sometimes help in the short term for the exam, but in terms of retaining information after the exam or class was over, cramming is detrimental, especially if taking classes later that would build or expand on the material of previous classes that I had crammed on. So my test preparation strategies expand beyond just the short term goal of the exam in question to the longer term goal of being able to retain and apply information after the class has finished.
Darren from California
University of Oregon