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

A lot of the ways I study are very basic and simple, but they are very effective. Who says simple is bad? What I first like to do is go over all of my notes. Reading through them as I go over the lecture slides is a great way to get down anything I missed. I find that writing and rewriting equations or definitions helps me commit them to memory.
Whenever certain subjects don't quite click with me, I take to youtube where there is a plethora of information to be found on almost any topic. My favorite account is Khan Academy. Especially with math and science subjects, it is immensely helpful. For the beginning of the video, I just sit and pay attention. As I start to understand it I then try pausing the video and solving the problem myself. Afterward, I get to see what I did well on and what I did not, which helps me gauge where I am in the studying process.
Most of my studying habits revolve around repetition. The more you do something the fresher in your mind it is. Sometimes all it takes is sitting down for 30 minutes a day and going over flashcards for it to be ingrained into your memory.
However much people say they do not procrastinate, they are lying. The real trick is knowing when to procrastinate and how. The best ways for me include going to get a snack or working out. These help you unwind while still keeping your mind in the right place. I have found that by putting my phone on silent and leaving it in a drawer I can be much more focused on the task at hand and less likely to go and check it.
To wrap it up, studying is all about what works for you. People learn differently some are visual learners, others are auditory, kinesthetic, or even though reading or writing. The trick is to find what works for you and use that to your advantage. Find which type of learner you are and start working hard. Studying hard and well are very different, find yourself studying well and you will not be spending as much time as you used to to fully understand a topic.

Owen from New Jersey
College Freshman
University of Massachusetts Amherst