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

The transition from high school to college can be a bit difficult. I believe some factors contributing to this difficulty is the new way of teaching and exams. In my first year of college, I had to quickly adjust and learn study habits that best prepared me for success on my tests. I learned early on that the first step for success in test preparation is the quality of the notes taken in class. Hand writing my notes rather than typing them was a great first step for me to retain the information said in class. The next step in my test preparation is making a study guide consisting of the main/important topics from the lecture and notes. After this is completed, I begin to make my flash cards. I like to put the key word in the front of the card in highlighter and the information of that topic on the back of the card in blue ink. I am a psychology major, and I remember reading once about a research study on students and test preparation that found writing in blue pen increases one's chance of remembering what you have written. After making all the flash cards I like to then go over all of them one by one on my own. I do this a couple of times and then ask someone (usually my dad) to test me on the cards. I have found through my success on multiple tests that this is the best way for me to retain and fully understand all of the information.

Emily from Florida
College Sophomore
Miami Dade Honors College