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

Flashcards are my life-saver! It really is true that writing notes down is better than typing them. Whenever I have a big test coming up, I take all of my notes from class and transfer them onto note-cards. I start with vocabulary first. Then, with the rest of the information, I create my own test questions. Most are question-and-answer, but some are fill-in-the-blank or true/false. Things like dates, equations, and names are important, but can be difficult to remember. This is why it is important for me to come up with an easier way to remember them. A short jingle, a joke, or a picture can all be effective. Once I have all of my flashcards ready (complete with appropriate highlighting and lots of different colored pens), I like to go back and give my assigned class reading one more once-over. This is to ensure that I didn't miss any vital information and it can also help me understand topics better, since I have already learned them. The reason I go through this whole process (and the reason it works for me) is because I am not an auditory learner at all. I have a hard time listening in class, especially to long lectures. By taking notes in class and while I'm reading, it gives my brain focus. By re-writing all of the information onto flashcards, I am making sure that the information I need to remember can actually be recalled through memory. By using lots of colors and highlights on my flashcards, I am giving my brain visual stimulation while I study, but it also aids in photographic recall while I am taking the test.

Elizabeth from Texas
College Freshman
Southern Illinois University Carbondale