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

One of the best ways that I get myself to study is with positive reinforcement with either redvines candy or a bowl of mango sorbet (from trader joes !). If I am studying for math (for example) I tell myself that if I can get through 2 chapters of review for my final next week, I can then go eat a bowl of sorbet or something else that is sweet to keep me motivated. I use math as my example because that is my least favorite subject in school. If I have to study for something that is even more important than an exam (such as the ACT or SAT), I will upgrade my reward for studying to a drink at one of of my favorite coffee place called Dutch Brothers ! I make sure though that before I reward myself with my favorite drink (a medium blended dinosaur egg rebel), that I did enough studying and practice exams before hand!. I will either time myself to see how long I have been studying for, but also how confident I am feeling for my exam too. I don't think that there should be a time minimum or maximum for studying, it should all depend on how confident or prepared that you personally feel for that test or exam.

Maria from Arizona
College Sophomore
University of Arizona