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

My test preparation practices begin as soon as classes do. I have had the same philosophy since 6th grade: if you don't know it now, you never will. To provide more context, this was said by my 6th grade english teacher lecturing a class about the importance of paying attention in class. It was a harsh way of saying that you cannot cram the night before, but it was obviously affective. Although I was young and inexperienced in test taking at the time, that "advice" stuck with me as it proved true and continues to through my school career.
Like I said, I begin preparing for tests as soon as possible. This does not mean studying everyday like I have a test or constantly flipping through flash cards. I devote my attention to class for the entire period, I take organized, thoughtful notes, I ask questions when I have them, I do the homework and go to tutoring/office hours. It is not an easy method to stick to, I have not been able to stick with this. The point of this "method" is that I am setting myself up for success. I am giving myself time to learn the material. I am creating a stress-free environment for myself because I will not be anxious about upcoming tests which will help me when the time comes to study. Ideally I will know everything I need to and will have minimal time I will need to devote to studying.
I realize some students can pull all-nighters to study for an exam and pass, but for most, that does not work and the information will surely be forgotten. I have not been perfect in taking notes every day and raising my hand every time I have a question but I can speak to my success of when I have. Some things you have to learn with flash cards but concepts and problem solving techniques and even hints are given by the teacher in class. I don't have quick tricks or a five step plan for studying; I read over notes and key points before a test. In short, I don't study for tests, I prepare for them.

Hannah from Arizona
College Sophomore
University of Arizona