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

Stress is a major characterization of the college years. The feelings of stress as you frantically study for a major test, hoping to get a passing grade, is a familiar feeling for many. However, having a good study plan can help relieve stress. There are many ways to prepare for a test. One of the ways that has helped me most is to make a study guide. To make a study guide you must determine the subjects that are most likely to be on the test and then compile them. This often gives you a clearer picture of what to study. For me, old fashion memorization works best. Repeating the information until it is cemented in my head has often allowed me to get A's on my test. However, this may not work for everyone. Some people may prefer tutors. Some people work better alone and others in a group. To be able to make the most out of your test preparation, you need to know not only how you work better (in a group or alone) but also how you absorb information best. Are you auditory, visual, or kinesthetic? These are some questions that you must ask yourself. Do I remember better by hearing, seeing, or moving? If your answer is hearing, then here are some ideas that will help you with your test preparation. I am auditory. To fully comprehend the scope of a passage of literature or to remember the formula for a math problem, I need to hear it said aloud. So, for those of you who are auditory like me, having someone read the information to you may help you remember it better. Another way to remember something is by music. Music stays imprinted in the mind far longer than just random phrases. Putting the information to a tune can be helpful even for those who are visual. For the kinesthetic learner dancing to a tune is useful to remember the information. A beneficial thing for visual people is to read the information. Even seeing a picture of the information can be useful. That said, even the best study plan won’t be helpful, unless you have the discipline to follow it. Good luck!

Karis from Florida
College Freshman
Bob Jones University