Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Flashcards are not a new concept, but the way we create flashcards has changed. We used papers or index cards to write the concepts or ideas we were trying to learn. I would usually study with my parents or sister and I wouldn’t stop till I got them all right. But recently apps like quizlet have been invented. Now I can easily make flashcards anywhere digitally. In addition I can study them on a computer, phone, or print them out. But it doesn’t end there. They also have other options like “learn it,” “take practice test,” etc. Each option allows for a different way to learn the content and it is super helpful.
Study guides, also not a new concept, but I value making them myself. When I was younger teachers always provided study guides. But I don’t think that helped me retain the information. Once teachers stopped giving study guides, I had to learn how to create my own. Usually I look through my own notes and physically write down the important information that I think I will be tested on. Then I take it one further and go through the professors/teachers powerpoints to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Once I have finished the study guide I either teach it to someone else or rehearse the info in the mirror. I think that this extra repetition helps a lot with retaining information.
Tests can be stressful, but when one is prepared it puts the mind at ease.The techniques I use I believe really help to retain the information even after the test is over.
Sidney from Utah
University of Utah