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
University of Arizona