Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I like to begin studying for an exam at least a week in advance. At first, I just read through my notes a couple of times a day to refresh my memory on the content that I have learned. As the exam gets closer, I begin to memorize key information from my notes and from the text. I also make sure that I understand each fact and concept, so that I am more likely to recall the information for the exam even if I can’t remember the exact wording. A day or two before the test, I like to grab a friend and explain the different concepts from memory. Teaching someone else what I have learned has been one of the most useful strategies I have found in reinforcing information before an exam. The final step of my studying is reviewing previous quizzes and exams, especially any questions that I got wrong.
Other small tips and tricks that I have learned include asking for help from a classmate or professor if I don’t understand something, making sure I get enough sleep the night before the exam, eating a healthy breakfast the morning of the exam, and chewing a piece of gum to help me concentrate when I am taking the exam. Each person’s brain is wired a little differently, so not all test strategies will be as effective for some people as they are for others. However, these are the methods that I have used over the past couple of years, and they have greatly helped me to study well and get my 4.0 GPA back.
Megan from California
The Master's University