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

When it comes to preparing for an exam, my primary goal is to make the process as stress-free and straightforward as I possibly can. I have had several exams in high school where I have waited until the very last minute to begin studying. I reasoned that if I waited until the night before to study, then I would do better on the exams because it would be fresh on my mind. Low and behold, when the exam date arrived, I would find myself struggling. I am sure many students can relate to this story. Moments like that have taught me that cramming for an exam is not the way to do well on an exam. This has led me to develop my own testing practices that would work well for me.
My favorite test day preparation practice begins in the classroom. I stay engaged and ask questions when necessary. Just to clear up any confusion that I may have. This is so that when I leave the classroom, I will be ready to tackle the study guides and assignments with relative ease. When I get home, I remove all distractors that would divert my attention, and I get to work. I begin by reviewing the material that was presented to me in class. This involves redoing examples and going over lecture slides. Once I am confident that I understand the material quite well, I continue with my day to give my mind a rest. I do this every day to ensure that on the day before the exam I am not overwhelmed with topics to review.
The day before the exam is typically a review day for me as I would go through the study guides that the teachers provide. Furthermore, I would use study sites to help me get the material down. For example, with exams that require heavy memorizations, I would use the flashcard feature to help me learn. Luckily, be reviewing the material that I had learned each day at home, I successfully reduced the time I need to study for the exam the night before. Preparing for the exam weeks in advance has improved my test scores and confidence, while also decreases stress and anxiety from the exam.

Boaz from Arizona
College Freshman
University of Arizona