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

I use many different test preparation practices. Frankly speaking, it does not really depend on me; it depends on the professor. If it is an English professor that makes his/her tests that contain only essay questions, you may not know all the material, but if you can improvise and use words, it is possible that you will succeed. On the other hand, if it is a math teacher, you will probably need to remember every detail because you could get a very bad grade because you forgot one little formula. But if we will assume that structure of every test looks like every other test’s structure, I could say that my favorite one is using flashcards. Why this method does help me? Well, the thing is that I know that it works better than any other method. Believe me, I used many different things to remember the information that may or may not appear on the test: I was trying to associate every term with something else; I was using outlines (if professor provided one); there was even a time when I thought that memorizing every chapter of a textbook was a good idea. And I am going to tell you one thing – flashcards are the best. I am not going to tell you something new if I will say that flashcards are one of the most effective ways to memorize something because you do not have a chance to pick at your notes, for instance, when you try to memorize the important information. You have this card. On one side, you see the term. On the other side, there is an explanation for this term. The only way to know what the specific word means is to either turn over the flashcard or know it already. Therefore, when you are on the test and you see the question that asks you what this word means, you know what answer is the right one. Because of that, I think that this test preparation practice is the best one. At least, for me.

Dmytro from Florida
College Sophomore
Hillsborough Community College