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

I’ve always considered myself a good tester, but when entering college, exams became much harder for me. In order to make the change from fail to excel, these three tactics worked best for me.

My first method is to read over my notes immediately after I get home from a lecture. Getting a second exposure to the material helps me get a better grip on the information I’m learning and spreads out my studying time. Often, I'll read the notes several times throughout the week, and this dispersion of information makes it so I don’t have to cram before each test.

Second, when I do need to study, I find a quiet place outside of my dorm, such as the library. While there, I turn off my phone so that I’m not tempted to look at it. Although small, finding a different place to study helps me separate school from play. The quiet combined with turning off my phone helps me to focus on my school work without distractions from roommates, notifications, or my own distracted mind.

Finally, before the test I pull out a single sheet of paper and write down everything I would want to know for the test. Although I can’t use it on the exam, writing out all of the information in a concise way helps me memorize the most difficult concepts fairly easily.

Test taking can be stressful, and not every exam has gone in my favor, but I have found that when I take a deep breath, review my notes, study in private, and write out what I have learned, then test taking is completely doable.

Brinley from Texas
College Sophomore
Brigham Young University