Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
During my high school years, you could ask anyone; I never studied. And somehow miraculously, I received A's on everything. I guess you could say I absorbed what I needed to in class or maybe I was just lucky that my teacher's exams were not that difficult. That entire perspective changed during my first semester of college. I did not know how to study and naive little me decided it was best to just go with the flow. I quickly learned (after failing 4 exams within the first month of my lectures) that I needed to not only learn how to study but to apply my studying strategies well under pressure. I tried many different strategies like writing notecards, repeatedly writing things over and over, reading the material weeks before the exam, I even tried writing in blue ink! (which actually does not improve memory). At times I would even fall asleep listening to a recording of myself or the material to magically wake up knowing all of the information I needed to know for my exam. These so-called techniques were utterly futile. So I took initiative (which is something I should have done to begin with) and found what study technique was best for me. If I am given a section of text to read, like a textbook for example, I read through the entire text highlighting important information. This is method is usually done day by day to avoid overload. On the next day from the highlights I took on the previous day, I take extensive notes and come up with questions that can be answered through the text. On the next day, I take my notes and highlight more specific things from it. At this time I will also answer the questions that I have asked on the previous day. After I have taken notes from my notes, I am usually able to obtain most of that information so when I go back to study, I look at keywords and already know information about it. I learned not to study to memorize but to study to apply. This method is very extensive but it has worked very efficiently for me.
Juliana from Texas
Midwestern State University