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

Although there are many effective ways to study for upcoming exams, quizzes, and tests, I am slowly learning what works best for me as a student. In my studies, Organic Chemistry (OC) was a required course. The name of this course alone brings back memories of pulling all-nighters, lots of coffee, study groups, and stress for many students. Luckily for me, I had developed a five-step system to do well in any course.

The first step is repetition: constantly going through the material and reading the textbook before and after lecture. Doing this allowed me to get the most out of what I had been presented. The next step is to practice doing problems and to test yourself. Throughout and at the end of each chapter, the author of the OC textbook included a series of about 50 practice problems for the student to attempt and provided the answers to those questions in a separate book. Constantly testing myself and practicing those problems really helped me do well in OC. After diving into the material multiple times and extensively practicing problems, the next step is to rest. Personally, I think this is quite possibly the most important step. Often times in OC, and many other college courses that I have taken, it felt like I was wrestling with too much information to really be able to comprehend. Resting gave me the opportunity to figure out which aspects of the material stuck with me and which areas I needed more practice in. Which leads me to the next step in test preparation: revisiting the material. When I revisit the material, I have already extensively studied the information at hand and am ready to absorb any details that I may have overlooked in the past. The final step in this method is to teach what you have learned to someone else. This is a proven method of effectively learning the material.

This five-step study procedure really has proven to me to be an effective way to study. I have done much better on quizzes, tests, and exams by utilizing this method.

Ryan from California
College Junior
Liberty Univeristy