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

First and foremost, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! Start studying for an upcoming test about a week before the day of the test. It sounds tedious and dramatic, but it gives you a good amount of time to prepare. In preparation for a test, I start by gathering all of my materials given to me by the teacher/professor and I find a quiet place with no distractions. First, I review all of the notes that were given or taken in the class and I read over them carefully. If I do not understand the material right away, I come up with ways to remember or better understand them. This usually involves analogies, making flashcards, writing a concept multiple times, comparisons, and even inside jokes. Next, I read the chapters of the textbook that discuss the topic to be tested on and pay close attention to the examples given, as well as the diagrams provided. If I still don't feel 100% comfortable with the material, I watch YouTube videos on the topic to see if I can better understand a different way it is explained by other people. After that, I do the practice problems given by the teacher/professor in order to apply the concepts that I just reviewed. I have found that this is a crucial part of being successful because tests often don't test you on memorization. Teachers and professors want to see that you not only fully understand the material they taught, but you also know how to use it. These strategies helped me make Dean's list my first semester of college and Chancellor's list my second semester, studying pre-nursing!

Megan from North Carolina
College Freshman
UNC Charlotte