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

Dear student,
Congrats in advance on receiving your Bachelor’s degree! You did it, and you can do it. “In God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) Remember everything comes at a perfect time.
First, I want to add a disclaimer, I am an average pre-med student.These tips work for me not only is school important to me, but it requires me to implement structure in my disorganized life. My tips are framed around reducing stress and anxiety in the midst of exam week. The very most stress relieving tip is to (1) build a habit. It takes about 21 days to form a new habit. So get started now, be strategic but realistic. For example, for me, I write down all my exams in my planner, on the phone's calendar and reminders apps, and the calendar in my kitchen so I won’t have the option of using the excuse of not knowing the test was coming up. I set a realistic day in my calendar where I have allocated a specific time frame dedicated to study specifically for a test approaching, essentially making it appear as a regular school assignment ( taking notes, watching videos, etc). (2) connect with people in your inner circle or if you do not have one make one. Having people( yourself, friends, family, guardian, therapist, pastor, etc) to discuss (rant) about the daily stressors of your life tends to alleviate the pressure that comes from lingering thoughts of deadlines and/or tests. When you do decide to go back to studying you will have a clearer head, allowing you to actually soak in information, and you're no longer distracted by negative thoughts. The final tip (3) drink water and sleep at least 6 hours a night. I always feel more energy when I do this. Here are some tips in case you have to do what you have to do: rewrite your highlighted notes that you know will be on the test, take 10 minute breaks, go over old tests/quizzes, time yourself with 3-5 practice questions at a time, 20 minute nap/meditate before the exa BOOM. Follow my tips and you are guaranteed an A!

Mia from Georgia
College Junior
University of Georgia