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

One of the most stressful aspects of any program that aims to further an individual’s education is test taking. One method of test preparation that I have utilized many times throughout my educational career is a type of group study that requires the group members to teach each other test material. While this may seem like an odd way to prepare yourself to succeed, I believe that the best way to test your knowledge on any topic is to try and teach it to other people. The scenario is as follows: it is the middle of the semester, midterms are upon you, you have an extensive study guide, and yet, you still feel unprepared and daunted by the task of studying for your exam. You turn to your classmates and decide to form a study group to share the workload and alleviate some of the stress; however, you must decide what the best course of action is. Do you all fill out the study guide alone and review the answers you found? Do you fill out the study guide as a group? Or is there a better method that will allow all of you to test your knowledge and fill any gaps? My favorite study method would encourage the group to review the study guide all together and then divide it among all of the members. Each person will take a section that they are not confident on and create a mini presentation. Once everyone has completed their sections, they come back together as a group and teach the rest of the group about their topic. Once everyone has presented, not only will they have successfully reviewed for the exam, but they will also have complete study guides. The question at hand now is: why doe this work? The best way to test an individual’s knowledge on any topic, is to have them try to teach it to someone else. This is because it forces them to not only know the information on a basic level, but on one that will allow them to be able to answer more complex questions. It puts them into a position where they must look at the topic in a different perspective.

Jessica from California
College Freshman
West Coast University