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

My stomach churns. My breathing speeds up. I break into a cold sweat. No, I am not sky diving. It is test day! Test anxiety is a normal human response. Everyone has test anxiety to some degree. But I have found I can alleviate most of my anxiety with superior test preparation.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic spell to cast or a secret code to break to prepare for that exam. For me, it all boils down to a little dedication to my subject matter and a few study guidelines that give me an added boost to my test prep.

I study every day. I don’t spend all day studying but I spend ten to fifteen minutes a day studying something for my next exam. I know that may sound like a big commitment, but once I started, I found the time went by very quickly.

I mainly focus my study using five concepts that work for me. I READ the information to understand it better. I DEFINE the terms used in the text, knowing they will most likely appear on a matching scenario or fill-in-the-blank on my next test. I DRAW and LABEL any diagrams of the subject matter. I use MNEMONICS to help me learn lists of information and I REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT until I am confident I have learned what I need to to ace my next exam.

Once I started using these five focusing concepts, I realized that my test anxiety almost disappeared. I was able to recall more about my subject because I learned it as we covered it and did not try to stuff it all into my head overnight.

So with a little bit of dedication to my subject every day and some focusing concepts I have become a much better test taker and a much better student. This may not work for everyone, but it works for me. Happy studying!

Betsy from Alabama
College Sophomore
Northeast Alabama Community College