Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
In order to approach the mountain of subject matter in each test, I first begin by outlining all major topics. Once these points are identified, I determine what problems associated with each topic must be solved to solidify these concepts. Often, at least two solutions must be reworked to cover all the nuisances. After I have a small list, I begin dividing the workload while simultaneously balancing it with my other courses. Because many engineering problems can take upwards of an hour to complete, this task literally involves creating a plan over a several day period. I essentially distribute the load, and corresponding problems, in varied amounts, concentrating more of the problems on off-days or weekdays with less responsibilities. When it finally becomes time for test preparation, I make sure to reward myself every 90 minutes or so with 15 minute breaks, calls to family or friends, lunch, or time off like a workout session. I also take special care to listen to my body, hydrate, treat headaches accordingly, and stay well rested. The results of this tedious planning were a 4.0 GPA for me last semester. Although strenuous test preparation regiments like these will consume all of your waking moments, the payoff is academic excellence and overall satisfaction.
Chad from West Virginia
West Virginia University