2017 – 2018 Scholarship Entry – Test Preparation Essay
Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship
When it comes to studying there’s a lot of tips and tricks to get ahead. Anything from drinking water or chewing gum during a test to study groups and flow charts. While those may help, my preferred study method is Quizlet. It’s gotten me through college with near perfect grades and it’s saved me a ton of time but it’s not just your old school flashcards.
If you haven’t heard of Quizlet.com, it’s a website that allows you to create and share flashcards. These flashcards are a great way to stay on top of the information covered in your classes. Unlike old school flashcards though is the fact that you can share with others, see flashcards created by others, easily include pictures on your flashcards, and my favorite part…make your own tests.
The ability to create your own tests in Quizlet is really what makes it so valuable in my opinion. I know that if I do well on a test I’ve created then I’ll likely do well on the course test too. When creating your tests you have the option to select the amount of questions you want and what style of question you’d like. For example, if you want to create a short answer test, matching, true/false, or multiple choice style of test. You can even create combos of these different styles! It’s a great way to prepare when you have a test coming up that is all multiple choice and you want to practice. All you have to do is create your flashcards and then Quizlet will let you choose if you want the term or definition to be the question or answer.
Now, the ability to create your own practice tests is awesome and scientifically one of the best ways to study but you need to be able to make tests with the right material for it to really be effective. Whenever I make Quizlet flashcards I always include the key terms and then any information in chapter summaries. If you’re only working from a lecture, try and get a PowerPoint that you can make flashcards based off of. Your practice tests should cover the key information that you think the test will cover. Once you have the key information down, master it. If you know 100% of 80% of the test, you’ve got an automatic B. Anything you don’t know immediately, you’ll probably be able to make educated guesses on based on your knowledge of the key materials.
The last important tip to use this study method is to do it regularly. Yes, you can create it the night before and work all night memorizing it and still pass but you need a killer memory and time. It’s much better to create the flashcards as you go and study what you created before adding more to it. If you do it this way you’ll always feel confident and comfortable with the material in your class and you’ll be ready for any surprise quizzes. This study tool helped me graduate Summa Cum Laude from my undergrad program and will help me complete my Master’s in Teaching Elementary Education as well. Hopefully it helps you reach your goals too!