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

Test preparation is an essential skill for anyone still continuing their education. If public schooling can teach us calculus, how to shoot a basket, and what respect means then it can also educate us on how to prepare ourselves. The best strategy for me is to explain it out loud to someone. If I am able to teach someone else the information that is when I feel most prepared. I know that my parents may grow tired of hearing stories about how American government works or how to work a trigonometry problem but I master concepts best with my words. Articulating the thoughts to another person allows me to understand it further myself. If given the opportunity I’ll talk your ear off.
Another important test preparation strategy for me is writing and coloring my notes. Being able to go back and attach a color to a subject gives me a clue whenever I am testing. If I see a certain topic, it jogs my brain to remember the color I labelled it, therefore bringing the information back to my mind as well. I find that on tests I have a tendency to draw a blank and remembering whole concepts can be a daunting task, to focus on something simple such as a color allows me to tighten the reins and focus on whatever the question asks.
Together these strategies have carried me through high school and will carry me beyond. They give me the confidence to succeed and without them, I would not have been able to reach any significant academic achievement.

Emily from Texas
High School Senior
Tascosa High School