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

Preparing for a test can be nerve-wracking and challenging thing to do, if you don't have the appropriate approach to studying. When it comes to studying for a test I have learned and used different methods that I like and some that I don't. When choosing the approach I will take to study varies on the kind of test I am studying for. If I am studying for a test with a lot of vocabulary, I love using flashcard. They only take a couple of minutes to make, and as I am writing them down, I say them out loud that way I read, see, and hear the words and definitions. By doing all three I am able to remember the words better. Once I have my flashcards done, I like to split them into piles of five. It helps me remember the words easier if I only do a couple at a time as I am going over them more often. A different approach I like to study for an exam that requires showing work and figuring out a problem, like a math test. I like copying the problem down on a separate piece of paper; I have my notes on the side of me and I try to solve the problem. After I solve the problem I like to look at the answer sheet if it provided, that way I can check my work and see if I did anything wrong. I check each problem after I am done solving it because I can fix the problem right there. The environment that I enjoy studying in is a quiet space with a little music playing in the background. I prefer not to study with others because I am the person who gets distracted easily and once that happens it is hard for me to back on track. I am also picky on where I study. For example if I am studying for a vocabulary test, I can study anywhere, on the couch, table, my bed, floor, outside. On the other hand if I am studying for a math test I have to be studying at a table, that way I have room for all my papers and notebooks that I am using, I like to be organized as it helps me learn better. Throughout all my years of school I have learned different ways of studying, slowly I learned what works.

Bryan from Wisconsin
College Sophomore
University of Wisconsin Green Bay