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