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

My test preparation is not only great, it is also straightforward. But, what works for me may not work for everyone else. With that being said, it is my pleasure to be sharing my greatest test preparation practices. As most of us can guess, I first begin my preparation by taking notes in class during lecture, lab, and any fieldwork. There’s various types of note taking methods that account with either writing them out yourself or typing them out, for example there’s the outline method, Flow based method, Cornell method, Mapping method, Charting method, and many more. My preferred choice is writing out the outline method mixed with the Flow based method using a led pencil. It helps keep my notes clear and in their best organized manner. With this method, I am aware of what context is being emphasized and which contexts are related. Say the professor revisits a topic that was reviewed two note pages ago, that’s where the Flow based method comes into play, with the arrows. I am able to write whatever new context that the professor just gave me, circle it and then draw an arrow to whichever emphasized main topic it holds a relationship with. Personally, information stays put in my mind when I see myself writing it out and highlighting, circling, or underlining, instead of typing it. Time definitely plays a huge role when it comes to preparing for a test. Immediately after being informed and aware of an upcoming quiz, exam, or test, I begin rewriting my notes on index cards. I use blank white index cards, I write with a red ink pen, because psychologically the color red stays in my mind. So this personally is my preference. Each emphasized main topic I write on one side, and then any related context is on the other side, I highlight, circle, or underline any specific words that’ll help spark an indication of information for me. After finishing my index flash cards, I take a 15-20 minute break, this break helps my brain refreshen itself and helps my body relax. This overall allows you to come back to working on retaining the information in a much better state of mind and body, which will higher your chances of focusing on the essential information rather than focusing on the frustration or any unwanted distraught feelings. I reread the information and repeat my study breaks.

Kandy from Delaware
College Sophomore
University of Delaware