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

Preparing for a test can be very stressful, if you don’t know how to do it in a way that works for you. There are many ways to study and prepare for a test of any kind. The more common ways to study are Flash cards and study guides. I personally use multiple ways of studying that help me be the most prepared that I can be. I use flash cards, notes, recorders, memory tests, rewriting notes, and rereading the material multiple times. Using any combinations of these study tools can help almost anyone be fully prepared for a test. I use them all the majority of the time unless it’s a topic I am already familiar with.
I use two different forms of notes. I use a technique called Cornell notetaking and I use bulleted notes for main topics and information as we cover it in class. Cornell notes makes it so you can fold the notes over and quiz yourself on the notes and see how much of the information you have already retained. This helps with picking what information you may need to focus on. Bullet point notes get you straight to the point. You don’t have to look through your notes for specific questions or topics, you only have to go down the list of the information that was the main points of interest during your reading or during a lecture.
I also used a recording device to record lectures where permitted. Listening to recorded lectures enabled me to pause on information that I might have missed or that I need to make more concrete notes on. During lectures it is easy for you to miss something while taking notes or just listening to the discussions around the classroom. Having the ability to listen to the lecture at my own pace or in my own solitude where I might be able to focus more helps me to become better prepared for upcoming tests.
Other techniques that I like to use include flash cards, study groups, and review questions. I create flash cards from my notes as well as from review questions. I like to compare notes and learning styles with others in study groups.

Brittany from Washington
College Junior
Enrolling at Western Governors university