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

There’s an art to studying; there is not one simple formula that will yield the perfect result. However, having been a student for over a decade and having prepared for hundreds of exams, I have been able to perfect my test preparation approach and know that if I follow it, success will transpire.
My first step to prepare for an exam is to work on my mental state. I know that to boost my confidence and to really focus on what I want, in this case, an A on an exam, I need to set an intention. I go about doing so by writing on a flashcard, for example, “I Aced my Calculus exam”. I then tape that flashcard to the top of my roof so that is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to bed. This, in turn, is truly having an impact on my subconscious and is helping to take away testing anxiety.
Next, I go through all the material that will be covered on my exam, categorize it, and assign each category a different day in which I will study it. I try to start studying at least one week before an exam so that I have ample time to go over difficult concepts. I also make it a point to review all the old categories I’ve studied before starting a new category. This way, I am reinforcing the concepts I’ve already covered and am helping to aid my memory.
I am a visual and auditory learner so I approach my studying in the best way to utilize such. I color code all my notes and while walking to class, taking a shower, and working out I’ll listen to the lectures recorded in class. Lastly, I use a checklist when studying in order to give myself, “an endorphin rush”, and keep myself motivated.
The day before an exam, I review all the categories covered. However, it is important to note, that I am not cramming but just reviewing. I then eat a savory meal and get a good night’s rest so I am full of energy the next day. Ultimately, this process of mine works on boosting my confidence, both academically and personally, and allows me to conquer any exam.

Alexandra from Florida
College Sophomore
Loyola University Maryland