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

I have always been a scholar in my studies. However it took me a while to get there. I had to pass multiple tests and be sure I understood all my content. In order for that to happen, I had to come up with multiple study and preparation practices.

I am currently a music education major at Virginia State University, so the best way to study music is to of course practice, but there are other ways too. For instance, to learn musical terms, I would make songs. If the word to be memorized was "decrescendo" (the act of slowly making your sound quieter), I would sing that word in a song and apply it. That way I get a feel of how to decrescendo. Making songs when trying to remember not only vocabulary words but anything is a good way to prepare for a test.

Also when you learn music, you also learn different keys. For example some songs may be in the key of F Major (which has one flat), and some may be in A major (which has three sharps). In order to efficiently prepare for a test on key signatures, it's best to quiz someone. When you quiz someone, some people fail to realize that they are quizzing themselves too. While your partner is figuring out the answer, you are too...to make sure that you both are right.

Another great test preparation practice is sleep. Sleep is a beautiful thing when it comes to taking tests. Not getting enough sleep before a test can leave you groggy, and not ready and alert to answer test questions. Some people even wake up and realize they've missed their test because they overslept, or went to sleep too late to hear their alarm. That's why I always make sure to go to sleep at a reasonable time before my exams, it leaves me energized and prepared.

In conclusion, there are a lot of test preparation practices that help me along my studies. Some of these include practice, quizzing myself and others and getting a quality amount of sleep. It's best to do whatever you can when it comes to studying for exams because passing tests is what pushes you.

Faithlyn from Virginia
College Sophomore
Virginia State University