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

Transitioning from High School to College academics was a big change for me and initially caused my grades to suffer. I soon realized that my old test preparation practices were no longer enough and I needed to rethink them. The first thing I realized was that in order for me to get into the right mindset of studying, I needed a clear head and workspace. I ditched my traditional comfortable spot in my bed after reading several articles about the unhealthy aspects of it, and I created a clean and clear workspace in my dorm. Having a space designated specifically for only school work helped me always be in that mindset when I sat down there to study. Making sure my space has ample light that won't be hard on my eyes and a quiet atmosphere was also a priority for the ideal study spot. In regards to the current situation surrounding Covid-19 and the transfer to online learning at my college, I realized that I am a very visual learner and could not always retain information I hear through my headphones when listening to a lecture. I then discovered the use of my laptops internal microphone which I turned all the way up and then used the voice typing tool on google docs. This allowed my laptop to listen to the audio from my zoom calls and create a transcript right in a document. This helped me in having something to review as test prep and allow me to retake handwritten notes which helped me remember the material I was studying better. In summary, my test greatest test preparation practices stem from having a successful working environment, retaking notes (handwritten and typed), and utilizing voice texting to ensure that I do not miss anything during audio lectures.

Mia from California
College Freshman
California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo