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

My favorite test preparation practice arose my microeconomics class that I took over a summer. Although the professor was a bit..odd, her proposed strategy for remembering content was one that stuck with me for every class afterwards. It was a "mind map," which is essentially a condensation of notes in an easy-to-read format. Rather than flipping through pages of notes to find a piece of information, the mind map offers a better solution. Ideas are connected, starting from one central theme. Before this class, I would take notes--and they weren't horribly organized or illegible. However, as the units progress, you start to get a better feel of what information you need to know, as well as what information you need to study. I was surprised at how much it helps to condense a unit into a page of solid notes. I find that it's a lot easier to study and remember. Of course, this method doesn't advocate weak note-taking skills during the actual lecture. That part is still necessary. However, looking over and rewriting the important areas of your notes is instrumental in remembering them. This studying method has aided me in maintaining my 4.0 GPA. It was especially helpful in earning an A in my fairly brutal accounting class. With an abundance of formulas and specific facts to remember, it was incredibly helpful to write a concise page of everything needed for the exam. If your notes are on one page, you are also able to take a picture and study off of your phone. This helps if you are, say, in the break room at work and don't want to bring physical notes with you. Overall, I am incredibly grateful to my microeconomics professor, whose test preparation strategy was instrumental to my success in college.

Michael from Illinois
College Sophomore
Elgin Community College, Transferring to Iowa State University in Fall 2020