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

I always say a prayer before I study or take a test because I believe that God is interested in the smallest details of our lives; He is aware of our individual concerns. As I pray to Him, asking for help with my tasks, He blessed me with peace and an open mind. Reading the Book of Mormon gives me these results as well as an eternal perspective- I can see past my imperfections and know that God will love me the same despite the score that I get. It helps focus on who I am trying to become.
Another technique I have used to prepare is creating a PowerPoint with all of the information that will be on the test. As I compile all the information available, I am not only creating a study guide, but I am also studying in the process.
One commonly used strategy, which I have also learned to love, is explaining my material to someone else. This requires retrieval of information from my long-term memory, and by doing so makes it easier to remember that information.
For one specific class I took I attended all the provided review rooms and labs. I also applied class material to my everyday life. I did this by discussing class, opinionated topics with friends. By doing so, I was able to form my own opinion and deepen my understanding of the topics. This technique also prepared me for the tests by practicing applying my knowledge to questions.
Lastly, I believe that it is extremely important to take breaks while studying. One way that I do this is by exercising and listening to music. By getting my mind off of studying, I can return to my studies later with a greater focus and desire to learn. A similar practice is the Pomodoro technique; this method consists of study intervals of 25 minutes with a 5-minute break in between studying periods. This technique has helped me be efficient in my studying, which has led to better test scores. As I practice these test preparation skills, I have an open mind, remember information better, and apply concepts to test questions successfully.

Megan from Utah
College Freshman
Brigham Young University