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

Studying is the most important thing to do before a test; However, "studying" isn't always how its portrayed in movies and on TV shows. Studying can be done in many ways. The best preparation strategy I use when studying for a test is verbally saying the answers over and over to myself. When you verbally say something it tends to stick in your head longer and your brain absorbs the information faster. Its a proven fact that you're 50% more likely to remember something if you speak it out loud instead of simply reading it over and over. There are many different strategies when it comes to verbal studying. For example, in order to get the most out of studying, you will want to capitalize on your strengths. For you, these strengths involve listening, speaking and collaborating with others. A good place to start would simply be to read your notes out loud. This method allows you to hear the material and to process it through your own verbalization. Do this several times in order to make the most effective use of the strategy, as repetition is a key to retention of information. In addition, reading your textbook after each lesson and as you study will also help you to learn and to remember. Beyond these simple strategies, you can get a bit creative. Form study groups with your classmates in which you teach each other different chapters of the material. You can do this through Skype or other online resource. The ability to hear the lessons being taught to you will help you to process them. Verbal learners thrive through the interpersonal connections offered in group work, as well. When you create verbal techniques that work for you it will make an efficient impact on your test grades and overall success in school. Verbal learning is broadcasted everywhere. You even experience it while sitting in your classroom listening to your teachers. When you take your teachers knowledge and study it verbally you will find how easy it really is to be successful in your class and life.

Cameron from Texas
High School Senior
Marble Falls High School