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

I find that I have produced the best results when writing detailed notes with help from both my professor's lecture and unit related Quizlets. This way I can not only get the information provided by my professor but the material that further explains and condenses the unit. It is very important to have both structured and efficient notes. Systems like the Cornell note template are a great start when beginning your academic journey but you will soon find your notes will evolve over time and material.
When looking over my personal notes, I have a very specific system. All notes consist of varying three colors. This includes black/blue writing with definitions highlighted in a course-specific color and examples being boxed in another course-specific color. In classes like math, diagrams and multiple line examples with being boxed in to ensure distinction and division. A defined word alone will be highlighted, with the definition having a particular indention. Bullet points are used to separate ideas in multi-faceted units such are English, history, and science.
While this might seem like a complex system, it's rather simple. The minimalist, blocky look is not only pleasing to the eye but also the mind. As a psychology major, I personally know that long and challenging units can become daunting. For me, this structure has allowed me to weed out “fluff” and unneeded information that then leaves a simplified, direct unit. Condensed information is a lot less stressful and easier to memorize.

Alexis from Texas
College Freshman