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

In elementary school I would often tell my parents a joke that began, "Pete and Repeat sat on a wall. Pete fell off. Who was left?" They would then answer "repeat," and I would ask the question over and over until they understood the joke. While this seemed extremely clever to me as a child, I have found that focusing on repetition can be very helpful in educational situations, especially while studying. I am a good student, but recently I have had health problems that cause me to experience short-term memory loss. In order to overcome this setback, I have had to study more than ever before. When I study I attempt to engage myself in multiple ways. I begin by writing the information by hand, often using flashcards, as studies have shown that writing helps the brain recall material easier. Afterwards, I will go through each card and repeat the information out loud, using another part of the brain. It is at this point of the process that repetition comes into play. I will sit for about an hour or two going through flash cards again and again. When I successfully memorize the information on one card, I place it aside and continue until I am out of cards. At this point, I no longer need to "repeat," for I have mastered the material and am ready to be assessed.

Hailey from Utah
College Junior
Brigham Young University