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

When it comes to any test, preparation is key. Over the course of my college career, I have experimented with study practices that have flopped as well as practices that have done very well. Some of the ones that I was experimenting with were practices that I have been using since high school, while others were practices that I have picked up more recently. Some of the ways that I prepare for the test is nothing fancy. I usually review my notes from my class and mostly study the topics that I didn't understand. This studying technique has actually saved me many times for midterm and end of course exams for many of my courses. One of the studying practices that did not work too well for me is flashcards. Flashcards were something that have tried many times in the past that ended up not working for me. That being said, this is a technique that works very well for others and prefer this technique over just studying out of a notebook. One last technique that I like to use when studying for any test are YouTube videos on the subject. The reason why this technique works very well for me is that I am a visual learner and I learn best when someone shows the process of doing a problem step by step. The reason for this is that I am very inquisitive and like to know the "hows" and "whys" of subjects. For example if I am being shown a math problem, I will often ask, "How should this problem be done, and why does it need to be done this specific way." Studying in this manner helps me better understand the problem and it helps me notice various patterns in all of these problems. Basically, if I can find a way to connect the dots in the specific subject that I am studying, that will help me better understand not just the problem that I am working on at the moment, but it will also help me understand future problems that I will come across. This is something that I think other visual learners would benefit from as well because it better explains the problem and how to solve it.

Mateo from Florida
College Sophomore
Lake-Sumter State College