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

I've taken countless tests over my academic career, and I've also heard countless study strategies. Chew gum while studying and chew the same kind during the exam. Listen to classical music while you prepare. Shuffle the content so it's unfamiliar. But what really works? Of course, it's different for everyone, but over 13 years of education I've figured out what works best for me, and I think that it can be applied to everyone. See, I like to keep it simple, so here's my simple advice: start studying ahead of time and disperse your study sessions. It's psychologically proven that when you study well ahead of an exam, you are more likely to remember the rehearsed information. I like to start studying a week or two before the exam depending on the difficulty of the class, and dedicating an hour every other day or so to that class. But now that you have a schedule, what do you actually do to study? I prefer to study over the notes and major terms, but that's not enough. To have a deeper understanding, I encourage quizzing yourself, drawing diagrams, and talking out loud to explain concepts. These strategies really help the information to stick in your brain, and having a conceptual understanding will definitely help you answer easier questions as well as preparing you for the tougher ones. Can't go wrong with that! So my best word of advice is to avoid procrastinating, put aside time to study, and study in a way that challenges your understanding. Then go out and crush that test!

Peyton from Wisconsin
College Freshman
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse