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

A Guide to Test Preparation
By Tessa Dallo
Studying is an essential component to any successful student, but everyone has their own way of learning. Personally, studying involves multiple forms of information over a long duration of time. Although it may be helpful to memorize some aspects of a course (such as vocabulary) using flashcards, I do not have the most reliable memory. I prefer to use memorization techniques to supplement the other ways that I learn. Both practice problems and in depth research allow me to gain a better understanding of the topic. For example, if I am studying for a biology test, I would study the necessary vocabulary as well as read some scientific articles pertaining to the subject. Reviewing homework will help me to understand what type of problems may be on the test as well.
Whether or not I use all of the available study material or I just review my notes, it is important to begin test preparation weeks in advance. Since, as I said before, my memory is not the best, I begin studying for tests as soon as possible. Even if it is just for five to ten minutes a day, repetition is a very beneficial technique. If I were to cram for that biology test the night before without any prior studying, it is highly likely that I would do poorly.
In addition to practicing advantageous study habits, being in the proper state of mind can go a long way. This is another reason why cramming does not help me: if I stay up studying, I will not get enough sleep to think clearly the next day. Being confident that you know the information on test will help to ease stress and will therefore allow you to focus.
All of these habits make for the best form of test preparation for me because they help me learn the information, rather than just memorizing specific facts. Therefore, it allows me to be confident in my knowledge and succeed on the test.

Tessa from New Mexico
High School Senior
Sandia High School