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

Throughout high school, I was an honors student and maintained a 3.9 GPA. I was involved in several extracurricular activities such as track, cheerleading, SGA, and yearbook to name a few. When I turned sixteen, I worked evenings in a restaurant as a hostess whenever my schedule would allow. I spent summers working and saving money to be able to pay my way through college. But I hardly every studied. The “school” part of school always came easily to me. I completed all my homework, read required materials, and rarely missed class. Flash forward to my freshman year in college. Here I was, a brand-new college freshman with a full-time course schedule and I had no idea how to study! My college courses became more challenging and my grades showed for it. I started attending office hours, spending time in the library, and even stopped spending my extra time working.

And then I figured it out. Aside from my classes, I set times throughout my day where I would practice different study skills. In the morning was my time to practice an auditory study method. I would spend my time getting ready for the day while listening to an audio version I had recorded of myself reciting notes I had taken in class on the current course material. During lunch, I practiced a visual study method and would review flash cards I had created with terminology and diagrams. When my roommate would tolerate it, I would teach her about the subject I was studying. This form of study allowed me to think out loud and work through the problem/topic of interest. When she had questions, I would explain them to her in a new way and when I didn’t know the answer it would allow me to further research and educated myself. There are four primary types of learners: auditory, visual, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. I believe when you force yourself to study in a way that isn’t “your learning style” it allows you to become a well-rounded, critical thinker and student.

Kayla from South Carolina
College Sophomore
Western Governors University