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

When I was a freshman in college, I took a class that was way out of my comfort zone: Biology 225. I had only ever taken one biology class, and that was as a sophomore in high school. Before taking that class, I never truly understood test prep because a lot of my previous tests had used memorization techniques, which don't always work to cement the knowledge one has learned. Thus began my journey in true journey into test prep.
I've found that test prep varies from person to person and from subject to subject. I am personally a very visual person, so seeing the info in front of me is extremely helpful.
For Bio, I found that writing down all pertinent information in an organized fashion and drawing out graphs, charts, and pictures by hand really helped me to remember the info I needed. I also used resources outside of class, like interactive maps of body systems.
For French (which is my minor), my techniques were somewhat, but not completely, different. I kept the technique of writing things out by hand: conjugations, verb tenses, and tips to remember. For vocab, I used Quizlet. I've found that Quizlet is a great way to put together a stack of flash cards without using material and wasteful paper products. For languages, memorization IS a useful technique, so using Quizlet was very helpful in memorizing vocab spelling and meaning.
And finally, I generally always try to stay up-to-date on current events. I've found that current events consistently come up in class, and sometimes in tests. It really helps for context if one knows what's going on in the world.
Thank you for your time and consideration!

Emily from Idaho
College Junior
Pacific Lutheran University