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

After entering college, I quickly realized my previous studying strategies would not serve me any longer. Summarizing my experience in college, these are my tips:
Make sure you have enough of time to study for you upcoming exam/exams. This is very important for any exam you may face throughout your academic career. Personally, I would start studying for the exam two weeks ahead of time. This gives me enough of time to look over the slides, my study guides, and recitation materials.
Get enough of sleep. This also meanings that DO NOT pull off an overnight-er if you are not used to it. I like to sleep early, so staying up is never my thing. If my exam is at 8:00 AM, I would wake up around 4:30 AM to prepare for the exam. This helps my brain get in the ‘test mode.” But make sure you get enough of sleep at the same time. You don’t want to be dozing off during ANY midterms, as it will leave a bad impression.
Make sure you prioritize studying. As a college student, it is easy to get caught up with everything that is going on around campus. But you should never forget that you are a student and your priority is to learn. Thus, it is important to have a dedicated studying time. I know things happen quickly and it may be hard to follow you study plan, but you will quickly lose track of things without one.
Go to your professors’ office hours. I used to be very intimidated by the idea of asking questions, because I was afraid that I would be laughed at if I asked a stupid question. However, I learned that there are no “stupid questions.” By asking questions, you are telling your professor that you respect the hours they have invested in teaching the material.
Get to your tests as early as possible. This will help your mind get in the “test mode” earlier, it may also bring unexpected perks. I remember my calculus professor would always give out exams 20 minutes earlier than he is supposed to.
Learn your professors’ testing methodology. Each Professor write tests differently

Yupeng from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
University of Pittsburgh