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

Proper preparation is the key to success in any field. The number one way to prepare for school is to study. Studying can be performed in numerous ways. In my opinion, some methods of studying are more effective than others. Sure, you can sit in class and write down every word that a teacher says word for word. This way of studying works for many people, but I believe that it is too tedious and time-consuming. The number one way of studying that I use is the actual practice of what I happen to be studying.
I am an accounting major. I honestly did not know what I was getting into when I sat down for the first time in my first ever accounting class. I had a great professor who took the time to explain every basic accounting principle to us, but this led to him speaking nonstop until class was over. One hour and fifteen minutes of nonstop teaching. Before adopting the new practice method that I now use, I would struggle to write down nearly every word that my professor would say, and then study every note that I had written. This quickly became too much for me, and my grades were showing that. I was barely pulling a C. Something had to be done.
When I finally realized that I could not keep trying to write down every word that my professor said, I transitioned to creating word problems for myself to answer. I would take the problems that my professor worked through in class with us and make those problems my own by swapping numbers around and rewording the sentence to make it seem like the problem was something that it was not. This allowed me to get a true understanding of my curriculum. Instead of me being only able to regurgitate information that was lectured to me, I could put those words into my own words and understand them through the use of my meticulously created word problems. This new advancement in my studying quickly allowed my grades to increase, and I still use this to this day.

Timothy from Georgia
College Sophomore
Dalton State College